RSNA 2007 

Abstract Archives of the RSNA, 2007


Sinister Synonyms in Radiology Reporting

Education Exhibits

Presented on November 27, 2007


Saam Partovi Tabar MD, Abstract Co-Author: Nothing to Disclose
David Joseph Vining MD, Presenter: Royalties, E-Z-EM, Inc, Lake Success, NY
Brooks A. Kaiser PhD, Abstract Co-Author: Nothing to Disclose
Asef Boleslaw Khwaja MD, Abstract Co-Author: Nothing to Disclose


1. Comprehend the challenges that synonyms present for data mining of electronic health records. 2. Become aware of how radiologists may communicate more efficiently and effectively in order to meet the promises of electronic records.


1. Definition and illustration of synonyms used in radiology reporting. 2. Examination of how structured data formats (e.g., ICD-10-CM, SNOMED, RADLEX) represent synonyms. 3. Review of software solutions, including natural language processing, that are being created to address the challenges presented by synonyms.


Combining radiologists’ awareness of their own reporting language and styles with improved software techniques will increase the returns from data mining of electronic health records.

Cite This Abstract

Tabar, S, Vining, D, Kaiser, B, Khwaja, A, Sinister Synonyms in Radiology Reporting.  Radiological Society of North America 2007 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, November 25 - November 30, 2007 ,Chicago IL.