Impact of a voice recognition system on report cycle time and radiologist reading time

David L. Melson, Robert Brophy, G. James Blaine, R. Gilbert Jost, Gary S. Brink

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Because of its exciting potential to improve clinical service, as well as reduce costs, a voice recognition system for radiological dictation was recently installed at our institution. This system will be clinically successful if it dramatically reduces radiology report turnaround time without substantially affecting radiologist dictation and editing time. This report summarizes an observer study currently under way in which radiologist reporting times using the traditional transcription system and the voice recognition system are compared. Four radiologists are observed interpreting portable intensive care unit (ICU) chest examinations at a workstation in the chest reading area. Data are recorded with the radiologists using the transcription system and using the voice recognition system. The measurements distinguish between time spent performing clerical tasks and time spent actually dictating the report. Editing time and the number of corrections made are recorded. Additionally, statistics are gathered to assess the voice recognition system's impact on the report cycle time - the time from report dictation to availability of an edited and finalized report - and the length of reports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-236
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventMedical Imaging 1998: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 24 1998Feb 24 1998


  • Radiology reports
  • Transcription
  • Voice recognition


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