June 18, 2018

ACR Presents Common Data Elements at ASNR Meeting

Adam Flanders, MD, chair of the Common Data Elements Neuroradiology Work Group with the ACR’s Sujith Nair and Laura Coombs at the ASNR 2018 Annual MeetingThe American College of Radiology (ACR) participated in a well-attended demonstration of 12 neuroradiology Common Data Elements (CDEs) concepts at the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) 2018 Annual Meeting June 2–7 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The strong participation reflects the important role CDEs will play in use cases and machine learning in coming years. “CDEs fill a critical gap for standardized representation of imaging-based observations and concepts that are both human and machine consumable,” said Adam Flanders, MD, chair of the Common Data Elements Neuroradiology Work Group, a collaboration between the ACR, ASNR and the Radiological Society of North America.

CDEs demonstrated at ASNR 2018 were developed by the ASNR-ACR-RSNA working group. It is charged with cataloging and codifying best-practice concepts or features that should universally appear in neuroradiology reports for specific clinical use cases. Each CDE is a question, concept, measurement, feature or finding with a constrained response.

In the future, CDEs have the potential to help diagnostic radiologists redefine their role, making imaging central to diagnosis, therapeutic planning and treatment response. By reporting core pertinent concepts in a consistent manner as CDEs, they can later be used with emerging technology for performance initiatives, evidence-based research, registries, machine learning and precision medicine.

 
Adam Flanders, MD, chair of the Common Data Elements Neuroradiology Work Group with the ACR’s Sujith Nair and Laura Coombs at the ASNR 2018 Annual Meeting.