COLLABORADI: a rule-based diagnostic imaging prescription system to help the general practitioner to choose the most appropriate radiological imaging procedures

Romeo Placido, Domenico Calcaterra, Stefano Canitano, Giuseppe Capodieci, Giuseppe Di Modica, Maria Adele Marino, Enrico Pofi, Orazio Tomarchio, Antonio Orlacchio

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Abstract

Significant advances in medical imaging have been made in the past decades, enabling physicians to reach high precision in diagnosing patients’ diseases by means of sophisticated imaging tools. However, the use of sophisticated tools is limited by the high costs and, in some cases, by the utilization of ionizing radiation, which have both great impact on the economy of a nation and on citizens’ health, respectively. Guidelines have been published among countries to provide physicians with structured rules to be followed to suggest the correct imaging technique, suiting better the diagnostic question and avoiding inappropriate imaging requests. The COLLABORADI is a research project that addressed the phenomenon of inappropriate imaging prescriptions in Sicily (Italy) and proposed the design and implementation of a clinical decision support system to help physicians to set up the most appropriate diagnostic route for their patients. The aim of this paper is to describe the characteristics of the COLLABORADI software and its potential impact in diminishing inappropriate imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalRadiologia Medica
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 9 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clinical guidelines
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Rule-based system
  • Support decision system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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