Reporting Software & Ultrasound Reading Tools
Imorgon provides reporting software and ultrasound reading software to dramatically improve structured reporting.
We will significantly reduce the time to create and improve the quality of your Radiology reports.
Motivation – Why Dedicated Ultrasound Reporting Software
The demand for diagnostic imaging exams is increasing at a 5% annual rate [MarketsandMarkets], but the number of radiologists and technologists has not kept pace. Compounding the problem is the regular decrease in reimbursement, with another 3% in 2024 [AuntMinnie].
The obvious impact is longer hours, increased stress, and burnout. Some studies highlighting the impact on patient care:
- Analysis of non-clinical errors made by voice recognition software shows 4.23% of studies having ‘significant’ or ‘very-significant’ errors. This translates to over 500 studies for every 5 ultrasound systems in a department.1 [Link]
- Diagnostic errors can impact up to 5% of reports and contribute to 10% of deaths.2 [Link]
- 40% of referrers complain that diagnostic reports are confusing and do not address their clinical questions.3 [Link]
Imorgon believes that automation enables the Radiologist to concentrate on answering the clinical question rather than grinding the mechanics of completing a report.
Ultrasound Structured Reporting Software and DICOM SR
There are two ways to improve your productivity and quality of radiology reporting.
First is transferring measurements taken by sonographers or technologists and automatically inserting or ‘merging’ them into your Radiology reporting software, such as Nuance Powerscribe. The ability to automatically transfer measurements has existed for nearly a decade. The software ensures measurement consistency in units (mm vs. cm), digits of precision (x.xx vs. x.x), and even max/min/average values.
A key differentiator between vendors is Imorgon’s guarantee to transfer all measurements.
The impact of data transfer has been quantified in several ways. Since quantifying reduction in time is difficult due to interruptions in radiologists’ workflow, most publications concentrate on integration experience. However, most Radiologists agree that ultrasound data transfer saves one minute per exam. Dr Steve Horii performed an analysis and found an impressive 40% reduction in measurement-intensive exams [SIIM Presentation]. Imorgon research shows that automatic data transfer into Radiology reporting software eliminates 50% of the fields needing dictation [Imorgon Research showing 50% of Fields].
A less discussed productivity opportunity is the transfer of qualitative, objective findings into the Radiology Report. Most Radiology departments have not moved beyond reading ultrasound worksheets on PACS or cryptic notes and making ‘pick list’ selections. However, tackling the other 50% of fields in the reporting template is critical to stay ahead of the continued reimbursement cuts and increased case volume.
There is an opportunity that significantly improves the productivity of Radiology reporting. Imorgon ultrasound reporting software includes text generation, automatic prefetch of prior measurements and calculations, and integrated clinical decision support systems. This article discusses the topic in detail [Ultrasound Reporting Software: 3 things to make your Life Better]. The qualitative exam findings are inserted into your Radiology reporting software template no differently than measurement transfer.
Less frequently discussed is that comprehensive web-based ultrasound report templates serve as checklists and training tools, guaranteeing each exam’s completeness – no matter staff experience or the use of travelers.
When implemented, the Radiologist pulls up a draft report, ready for review. Imorgon’s Report Accelerator uniquely provides a solution with both measurement transfer and customized web-based ultrasound reporting templates.
Ultrasound Reading and PACS
The reading environment is key to reporting quality and efficiency for sites with a high ultrasound workload. PACS viewing stations continue with an inflexible and suboptimal ultrasound review experience. Imorgon View is a dedicated ultrasound imaging software that can display images and clips in acquisition order, with clips automatically playing. Many physicians discuss the importance of capturing clips [Dr. Roy Filly] and reading clips for diagnosis [Dr. Ann Podrasky]. Imorgon continues to innovate the Ultrasound Reading environment by innovating hanging protocols to enable the filtering and reviewing of exams by protocol step. Lastly, for those who teach ultrasound, Imorgon has unparalleled teaching files that enable saving, anonymizing, and exporting unique studies.
Though strictly not an ultrasound reading solution, large ultrasound departments need the ability to quickly ‘fix’ studies without filling out support requests with IT. Imorgon’s Sonographer QC Workstation enables sonographers to correct patient and study information, split or merge studies, delete images, add or edit annotations, and make measurements.
Of course, Imorgon seamlessly integrates with your existing PACS workstations, including automatically launching Imorgon upon selecting an ultrasound exam from a worklist.
Streamlined Ultrasound Reporting Automation Software
I know we can improve the prouctivity and quality of your reports at your institution. I will guarentee success.Andy Milkowski
Frequency Asked Questions FAQ
Over 80% [Link] of all Radiologists and hospitals in the United States use Nuance Powerscribe for all diagnostic imaging reporting. However, some sites use dedicated ultrasound reporting software to improve the productivity and quality of Powerscribe reports. Imorgon Medical is the leading provider of dedicated ultrasound reporting software in hospitals since it automatically transfers both ultrasound measurements and sonographer worksheet values into Powerscribe templates.
Yes, most ultrasound reporting software can transfer DEXA results into 'merge' fields in Powerscribe. More sophisticated software, such as Imorgon, can also parse and send prior measurements to Powerscribe making it a more complete solution.
Nuance Powerscribe has no native DICOM SR parser and cannot read DICOM SR files. For Powerscribe to populate measurement data, it must receive it in a specific format through either an HL7 message or a message to its proprietary Web API.
- Motyer RE, Liddy S, Torreggiani WC, Buckley O. Frequency and analysis of non-clinical errors made in radiology reports using the National Integrated Medical Imaging System voice recognition dictation software. Irish Journal of Medical Science. 2016. doi: 10.1007/s11845-016-1507-6. ↩︎
- Balogh EP, Miller BT, Ball JR, editors. Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine. Improving diagnosis in healthcare. Washington, DC: The National Academy of Sciences, The National Academies Press, 2015. https://doi.org/10.17226/21794 ↩︎
- Clinger NJ, Hunter TB, Hillman BJ. Radiology reporting: Attitudes of referring physicians. Radiology. 1988;169:825–826. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiology.169.3.3187005 ↩︎