LI-RADS in the year 2020 – Are you already using it or still considering?Article in several languages: English | deutsch
Purpose The working group for gastrointestinal and abdominal imaging within the German Radiological Society performed a nationwide online survey in order to assess the current status regarding the awareness and application of LI-RADS, a classification for evaluation of liver lesions in patients at risk.
Materials and Methods Using the website www.deutsches-krankenhausverzeichnis.de a list of hospitals was generated meeting the criteria internal medicine, gastroenterology, general and visceral surgery and radiology (n = 391). Randomly, 102 department directors were contacted, and asked to name one consultant and one resident from their department in order to participate in the survey. 177 potential participants were invited to fill out an approximately 10-minute online survey in the form of 17 questions regarding the awareness and application of LI-RADS. The results of the survey were analyzed by means of descriptive statistics.
Results 77 participants were registered, which corresponds to a response rate of 43.5 %. 47 % of all participants were radiologists, 30 % surgeons and 23 % internal doctors/gastroenterologists, respectively, many with more than 13 years of professional experience (37.2 %). The majority of participants worked in a hospital with a focus (37.2 %) or a university hospital (29.1 %). Even though the majority of participants knows about or has heard of LI-RADS (73.2 %), only a minority uses the classification themselves (26 %) or within the context of tumor boards (19.2 %).
Conclusion The results of our survey demonstrate that LI-RADS is relatively known in Germany, the application however quite sparse. This is in contrast to the general desire and endeavor for more standardized reporting in radiology.
LI-RADS is not yet broadly implemented in clinical routine in Germany
The sparse application is in contrast to the general desire for more standardized reporting in radiology
Interdisciplinary education may support the propagation and use of the LI-RDAS classification
Ringe KI, Gut A, Grenacher L et al. LI-RADS in the year 2020 – Are you already using it or still considering? Fortschr Röntgenstr 2021; 193: 186 – 193
Received: 12 March 2020
Accepted: 21 June 2020
20 July 2020 (online)
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