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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61-66

Synoptic reporting in lung cancers using Lung Cancer Reporting and Data System (LC-RADS): The road ahead for standardization of imaging in lung cancer staging

M.D., Fellowship In Cancer Imaging, MRes (KCL, London), Department of Radiodiagnosis & Imaging, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Abhishek Mahajan
Department of Radiodiagnosis, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_155_20

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Words are the most important and sometimes the only medium of communication between a radiologist and a treating physician. The concept of structured reporting in radiology was well received in the face of growing concerns to overcome the limitations of unstructured reporting such as interobserver variations, errors in communication, and lack of standardization of reporting that primarily affect the patients who seek health care away from their diagnostic centers. With the introduction of synoptic reporting in radiology, it is now possible to standardize the reporting of diseases in a more comprehensive and less time-consuming manner, thus magnifying the impact of a radiological report in the further management of the disease under analysis. We aim to develop a standardized synoptic reporting template for lung cancers that would comprise and collate all the required computed tomography (CT) findings and demographic details of the patients. This will help the treating physicians and surgeons to plan the further course of disease management. It will also help to standardize the follow-up CT scans performed for the patients post any given treatment regimen with special reference to the likely complications caused by a particular treatment, such as radiation-related lung injury, immunotherapy-related toxicity, and surgical complications requiring urgent interventions.

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