The reading room reality
Radiologists spend just one third of their time on image interpretation
. For the majority of the day they are either supervising studies, performing image-guided procedures, teaching, in meetings, consulting with physicians, or directly caring for patients. Their work day is dynamic and full of interruptions, making effectiveness in the reading room an ongoing challenge.
Being efficient and productive in the dark room becomes increasingly important when radiologists encounter rare and complicated cases that require knowledge of patient history to complement the evaluation of medical images. This often means searching for patient information by manually sifting through multiple, extensive, disorganized and disconnected EMR records. Moreover, the situation is exacerbated by the fact that approximately 80% of patient data is unstructured
(e.g. notes and reports). Reading and understanding this data in order to uncover clinical meaning relevant to the imaging study at hand, disrupts radiologists’ workflow and takes up valuable time. In an age of increasing demands on reading physicians, this is a burden they can hardly afford.