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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, reporting, 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.[3]

Basic features[edit]

Radiological information systems commonly support the following features:[1]

  • 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 (usually using Voice Recognition (VR))[4]
  • Printables like patient letters and printed reports
  • Result transmission via HL7 integration or e-mailing of clinical reports[5]
  • Patient tracking
  • Interactive documents
  • Creation of technical files
  • Modality and material management
  • Consent management

Additional features[edit]

In addition a RIS often supports the following:[2]

  • Appointment booking
  • Voice Recognition (VR)[4]
  • PACS workflow
  • Custom report creation
  • HL7 interfaces with a PACS. HL7 also enables communication between HIS and RIS in addition to RIS and PACS.[6]
  • Critical findings notification
  • Billing
  • Rule engines
  • Cross site workflow

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b McEnery, Kevin W. (2018). "Reference Guide in Information Technology for the Practicing Radiologist". American College of Radiology. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ Nance Jr, John W.; Meenan, Christopher; Nagy, Paul G. (2013-05-01). "The Future of the Radiology Information System". American Journal of Roentgenology. 200 (5): 1064–1070. doi:10.2214/AJR.12.10326. ISSN 0361-803X. PMID 23617491.
  4. ^ a b Hammana, Imane; Lepanto, Luigi; Poder, Thomas; Bellemare, Christian; Ly, My-Sandra (June 2015). "Speech Recognition in the Radiology Department: A Systematic Review". Health Information Management Journal. 44 (2): 4–10. doi:10.1177/183335831504400201. ISSN 1833-3583. PMID 26157081. S2CID 1805785.
  5. ^ Creighton, Catherine (1999-08-01). "A literature review on communication between picture archiving and communication systems and radiology information systems and/or hospital information systems". Journal of Digital Imaging. 12 (3): 138–143. doi:10.1007/BF03168632. ISSN 1618-727X. PMC 3452436. PMID 10461576.
  6. ^ Garland, Harry T.; Cavanaugh, Brian J.; Cecil, Robert; Hayes, Bernard L.; Lavoie, Sarah; Leontiev, Andrei; Veprauskas, Joseph (1999-05-01). "Interfacing the radiology information system to the modality: An integrated approach". Journal of Digital Imaging. 12 (1): 91–92. doi:10.1007/BF03168766. ISSN 1618-727X. PMC 3452882. PMID 10342177.