A recent article has examined which radiology glossaries provide language most easily understood by patients in radiology reports. The study also cites which resource offers definitions most often used in radiology reports.1
As medicine moves toward more patient-centered health care, patients increasingly want access to their healthcare information, the American College of Radiology points out. However, radiology or medical imaging reports can often be difficult for a layperson to understand.
“Resources that provide patient-oriented radiology content may help patients understand the results of their imaging procedures and preserve effective communication between health care professionals,” says study author Teresa Martin-Carreras, MD.
Researchers compared MedlinePlus, RadLex, and the Patient-Oriented Radiology Reporter (PORTER) lay-language radiology glossary for their coverage of radiology reports and for the readability of their definitions.
Study authors tallied how frequently terms from MedlinePlus, RadLex, and PORTER were found in 10,000 radiology reports sampled randomly from a large academic health system and compared the readability of each resource’s definitions.
“A lay-language radiology glossary can cover radiology reports adequately and offer definitions readable by average adults; such a resource may help patients and families better understand their radiology reports,” says study author Charles E. Kahn Jr, MD, MS.
1. Martin-Carreras T & Kahn CE. Coverage and readability of information resources to help patients understand radiology reports. J Am Coll Radiol. Published online in advance, December 28, 2017; doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.11.019.