RadElement common data elements

Our team of informatics experts is building foundational data resources for the radiology community. In collaboration with the American College of Radiology and radiologic subspecialty societies, we have developed a growing catalog of radiology-specific common data elements (CDEs), available at RadElement.org.

What are CDEs?

CDEs are standardized sets of questions and allowable answers used to express observations in diagnoses. They enhance radiology reporting, data analysis and decision support. RadElement CDEs are:

  • Indexed and searchable
  • Grouped into clinical use cases called Sets
  • Consistent across Sets where appropriate
  • Built with RadLex and other controlled medical terminologies
  • Incorporated in many reporting templates in the RadElement.org library of radiology reporting templates

Structure your reports to maximize their value by incorporating CDEs. A new, downloadable feature is available on RadElement.org that allows you to access a single or multiple CDE and quickly and easily integrate it directly into your reports system. For more details on how to incorporate CDEs into your daily workflow, watch this short demo video.

Vendors of radiology systems can use the RadElement applications programming interface (API) to incorporate CDEs.


Common Data Elements in Radiology,” Radiology. Published online Nov. 10, 2016.