Lay-language glossaries help patients understand radiology reports

An analysis of three prominent radiology report resources found a lay-language glossary may help patients better understand their radiology reports, Radiology Business reports.

“Despite their interest in reading their radiology reports, patients have found that the language of radiology reports is not always intelligible to them,” wrote authors Charles E. Kahn Jr., MD, MS, and Teresa Martin-Carreras, MD, with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in the Journal of the American College of Radiology analysis.

The authors compared three different resources—MedlinePlus, RadLex and PORTER (Patient-Oriented Radiology Reporter)—to see how each one covered and explained the terms and concepts founds in 10,000 randomly selected radiology reports.

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