Radiological information system

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A radiological information system (RIS)[1] is the core system for the electronic management of imaging departments. The major functions of the RIS can include patient scheduling, resource management, examination performance tracking, examination interpretation, results distribution, and procedure billing.[2] RIS complements HIS (hospital information systems) and PACS (picture archiving and communication system), and is critical to efficient workflow to radiology practices.

Basic features[edit]

Radiological information systems commonly support the following features:

  • Patient registration and scheduling
  • Patient list management
  • Modality interface using worklists
  • Workflow management within a department of radiology
  • Request and document scanning
  • Result entry
  • Digital reporting and paper-formatted export functionality
  • Result transmission, including faxing and e-mailing of clinical reports
  • Patient tracking
  • Interactive documents
  • Creation of technical files
  • Modality and material management

Additional features[edit]

In addition a RIS often supports the following:

  • Appointment booking
  • PACS workflow
  • Custom report creation
  • HL7 interfaces with a PACS. HL7 also enables communication between HIS and RIS in addition to RIS and PACS.
  • Billing
  • Rule engines

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Haux, Reinhold; Winter, Alfred; Ammenwerth, Elske; Brigl, Birgit (2004), Strategic Information Management in Hospitals, Health Informatics Series, New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 0-387-40356-6
  2. ^ McEnery, Kevin W. (2018). "Reference Guide in Information Technology for the Practicing Radiologist". American College of Radiology. Retrieved 2018-07-31.