Standardized report template for indeterminate renal masses at CT and MRI: a collaborative product of the SAR Disease-Focused Panel on Renal Cell Carcinoma.

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  • PURPOSE: To create a succinct yet comprehensive evidence-based structured report template for indeterminate renal masses characterized at CT and MRI. METHODS: This IRB-exempt, iterative, multi-institutional quality improvement project was informed by published data derived from a multi-institutional survey and a multi-institutional review of CT and MRI radiology reports. A two-stage blinded Delphi process by the 16-member 12-institution Society of Abdominal Radiology Disease-Focused Panel on Renal Cell Carcinoma was conducted to create a structured report template for indeterminate renal masses evaluated at CT and MRI. Individual reporting characteristics were scored by members as 'core,' 'optional,' or 'exclude.' Threshold for inclusion was ≥ 80% support. If < 80% members considered a characteristic a 'core' feature, but ≥ 80% considered it either 'core' or 'optional,' it was considered an 'optional' feature. If neither was the case, the characteristic was excluded. Free-text comments were permitted. Characteristics considered 'core' by 50-99% of respondents in Round 1 (i.e., nonunanimous support) and uninvestigated free-text comments were assessed in Round 2. Core and optional structured reporting templates were derived. RESULTS: The response rate was 100% in Round 1 (16/16) and Round 2 (16/16). In Round 1, 5 characteristics had unanimous support as 'core' features. Following Round 2, 13 characteristics had ≥ 80% support as 'core' features, and 10 characteristics had ≥ 80% support as 'optional' features. Structured report templates were derived. DISCUSSION: Structured 'core' and 'optional' templates for indeterminate renal masses at CT and MRI were derived, which may improve compliance with reporting preferred and essential imaging characteristics.
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  • Delphi, Multi-institutional, Renal cell carcinoma, Renal mass, Structured reporting, Carcinoma, Renal Cell, Delphi Technique, Documentation, Humans, Kidney Neoplasms, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Quality Improvement, Radiography, Abdominal, Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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  • Davenport MS; Hu EM; Zhang A; Shinagare AB; Smith AD; Pedrosa I; Kaffenberger SD; Silverman SG; SAR Disease-Focused Panel on RCC
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  • 1423
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  • 1429
  • Volume

  • 44
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  • 4