Automatic Detection of Negated Findings with NooJ: First Results
The objective of this study is to develop a methodology for the automatic detection of negated findings in radiological reports which takes into account semantic and syntactic descriptions, as well as morphological and syntactic analysis rules. In order to achieve this goal, a series of rules for processing lexical and syntactic information was elaborated. This required development of an electronic dictionary of medical terminology and computerized grammar. Computational framework was carried out with NooJ, a free software developed by Silberztein, which has various utilities for treating natural language. Results show that the detection of negated findings improves if lexical-grammatical information is added.