AURA: A Clinical Data Bank Based on Free Text

  • Günther Gell
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 16)


At the Department of Radiology of the University of Graz, radiologic reports are stored in a direct-access data base in clear text. The data-base is used primarily to get immediate information about previous examinations of the patient. It is also used for scientific evaluations and the provision of feedback information. All these functions are available on CRT-devices on or near the examination rooms for 24 hours a day. Data are collected by the normal routine of dictating and typing reports without a need for additional work or coding.


Free Text Data Privacy Examination Room Case Retrieval Prior Examination 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günther Gell
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  1. 1.Universitätsklinik für RadiologieGrazAustria

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