VRI Sets New Standard in Mammography Reporting in Fayetteville

Event Date: November 23, 2011

istock_000010653419_400Intelerad Multi-Method Reporting has enabled the VRI Radiologists including Drs, Jordan, Fisher, and Ameredes to create clear, concise, consistent, and universal ACR-BI-RADS compliant templates for structured reporting.  Dr. Sheryl Jordan is a fellowship-trained breast imager with Carolina Regional Radiology (CRR) and she leads the Women¡Çs Imaging program at VRI.  Dr. Jordan completed her radiology residency at Duke University and she served as chief resident at Duke University Medical Center. She also completed breast imaging fellowship training at the University of North Carolina as well as breast MRI training at the University of Pittsburgh-Magee Women's Hospital.

The structured reporting methodology implemented at VRI mirrors major academic institutions that employ voice recognition platforms with template reporting.  Utilizing this format at VRI, Dr. Jordan has been able to double her productivity level.  For example, the volume of breast imaging cases (90-130) that she typically completed in a ten to eleven hour workday using a normal dictation system, she is now able to complete in much less time using voice recognition in conjunction with structured reporting.  Thus, this implementation has significantly improved report turnaround time, which ensures expedited delivery of results to referring physicians for critical and routine cases.

The structured reporting implemented at VRI adheres to BI-RADS specifications as it relates to the use of ACR lexicon, report organization, and assessment categories.  The utilization of BI-RADS as the foundation for the report provides a standardized framework for radiologists to guide their review and interpretation of patients' studies.  This framework correlates to the original goals and recommendations set forth by the renowned breast imaging panelists who participated with the ACR BI-RADS Committee.  The objectives being increased Physician surveillance and accelerated follow up care for patients. 

Further, report standardization enhances the Technologist¡Çs skill set by increasing their understanding of the additional views required by the Radiologist for the final interpretation.  The standardized report also makes it easier for the patient¡Çs referring Physician to clearly understand what the patient is facing in terms of additional follow up care needed or required treatment.  Ultimately, the goal of the Women¡Çs Imaging program at VRI is to ensure a sound continuum of clinical care and a favorable outcome for each patient.    

Dr. Jordan can be reached for questions at myhealth@valleyregionalimaging.com.