The BI-RADS® Atlas provides standardized breast imaging findings terminology, report organization, assessment structure and a classification system for mammography, ultrasound and MRI of the breast. The report organization enables radiologists to provide a succinct review of mammography, ultrasound and MRI findings and to communicate the results to the referring physician in a clear and consistent fashion with a final assessment and a specific course of action.
Through a medical audit and outcome monitoring, the system provides important mechanisms for peer review and quality assurance data which will improve the quality of patient care. Results compiled in a standardized manner permit the maintenance and collection analysis of demographic and outcome data. The 2013 BI-RADS includes:
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The American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System Atlas (BI-RADS® Atlas) is the product of a collaborative effort among members of various committees of the American College of Radiology.
BI-RADS® suggests a standardized method for breast imaging reporting. This system is not meant to dictate individual case management decisions.
All referring physicians and radiologists should be aware of the benefits and limitations of the application of imaging techniques. Imaging techniques classified as investigational by the FDA have not been considered in developing the BI-RADS® Atlas; however, study of new equipment and applications should be encouraged. The ultimate decision regarding breast imaging procedures and treatment must be made by the referring physician and radiologist in light of all the circumstances presented in an individual examination.
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