Q: Is ACRAssist a packaged product that I can buy from the ACR?
A: No. ACRAssist is a collection of structured content that will be provided to the practicing radiologist through reporting vendors.
Q: How will ACRAssist be provided to the practicing radiologist and does it replace current narrative-centric reporting methods that are typically used?
A: ACRAssist is designed to augment the current narrative-centric method of reporting, not replace it. Reporting vendors will be able to incorporate ACRAssist clinical guidance objects into the reporting process and utilize Natural Language Processing to determine when to provide the interpreting radiologist with a particular content object in the form of decision support. The goal is to provide this information as assistance within the conventional reporting process (e.g. the ability to select from one of the BIRADS classification codes) rather than replace it. Additionally, the results of this CDS process can include incorporating structured information directly into the report as well as communicating results to downstream systems where appropriate and desired.
Q: Will ACRAssist replace existing structured reporting initiatives (e.g. RSNA Structured Reporting templates)?
A: No. Structured reporting initiatives such as the RSNA structured reporting templates provide a comprehensive structure for a report designed to create consistency in the way radiology is reported. The goal is to replace the highly variable, unstructured narrative report. ACRAssist is designed to provide real-time clinical decision support with ability to incorporate the modular structured content into a conventional narrative report. Should a site adopt the RSNA Structured Reporting templates as their standard, ACRAssist content objects can be delivered where appropriate within that reporting template just as they are within a conventional narrative report.