Expressiveness of the Breast Imaging Reporting and Database System (BI-RADS)

Justin Starren*, Stephen M. Johnson

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The Breast Imaging Reporting and Database System (BI-RADS) was developed by the American College of Radiology and is used by a number of computerized mammography tracking systems. The ability of BI-RADS to encode the data contained in 300 mammography reports at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center was examined. BI-RADS was able to encode normal reports and "special masses" (such as lymph nodes) without difficulty. However, none of the general masses and only 17% of the calcifications could be encoded in BI-RADS. The implications of this for the design of mammography databases are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-659
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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