Avoiding miscommunication in acute musculoskeletal trauma cases: Use of standardized reporting and classification schemes

Lukej Higgins, Fatma Alluwaimi, Greg Osgood, Ken Wang, Johna Carrino

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Classification schemes can be a key element of a structured radiology report, providing succinct guidance for clinical decision making. Classification systems delineate the location and morphological characteristics of fractures (diagnosis), may provide a graded measure of severity (prognosis), and ideally guide treatment options. Reports structured in this fashion optimize communication between the physician interpreting the examination and the physician directing the patient's treatment. This article reviews the concept and utility of standardized structured radiologic reporting based on templates or checklists to avoid miscommunication in the context of acute musculoskeletal trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-358
Number of pages18
JournalSeminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 16 2013



  • Classification systems
  • Trauma
  • musculoskeletal radiology
  • structured reporting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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