Endoscopy 2009; 41(8): 727-728
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1214949
Special article

© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Minimal standard terminology for gastrointestinal endoscopy – MST 3.0

Lars  Aabakken1 , Bjorn  Rembacken1 , Olivier  LeMoine1 , Konstantin  Kuznetsov1 , Jean-Francois  Rey1 , Thomas  Rösch1 , Glen  Eisen1 , Peter  Cotton1 , Masayuki  Fujino1
  • 1OMED Documentation & Standardisation Committee
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Publication History

Publication Date:
10 August 2009 (online)

Standardization of the language of gastrointestinal endoscopy is becoming increasingly important on account of international collaboration, standardized documentation requirements, and computer-based reporting. Version 1 of the Minimal Standard Terminology (MST) was devised to facilitate this development, and, through broad international collaboration, the document was developed and tested further to produce version 2.0, published in 2000. The document forms the basis for computer software by offering standard minimal lists of terms to be used in the structured documentation of endoscopic findings.

The ownership of the MST has been transferred to the World Organisation of Digestive Endoscopy (OMED) and in this context, a new revision of the MST document is now in place. Version 3.0 of the terminology includes terms for endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and enteroscopy, as well as for adverse event reporting. In addition, acknowledged scoring systems have been included for specific findings, and some structural enhancements have been implemented.

The entire document is freely available for noncommercial use from www.omed.org.


Lars Aabakken, MD 

Department of Medicine
Rikshospitalet University Hospital

Oslo, Norway

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