This article assumes you’ve already downloaded our free 30-day NucReporter Quick-Start Demo Template. If you haven’t, click here to get it & come back.
Creating your first report will give you a quick feel for The NucReporter and show you a little bit of what it can do.
Some of the patient data is already populated in our Quick-Start Demo for the sake of evaluation speed.
- Feel free to ignore some of this page and just do the actions to create your first report.
1) Open the Quick-Start Demo Template
Our installer places the folder shown below on your PC’s desktop.
Double click on the “NucReporter Quick-Start Demo.docm” file to open it in Word:
Now your Quick-Start Demo Template is open.
To enable our programming, enable macros next.
2) Enable Content
Macros are the programming that is embedded into our NucReporter templates. You must give permission to Word to allow our macros to run.
You may see a yellow bar at the top with a button that says “Enable Content”.
Click this button to enable our embedding programming.
3) Explore the Demographics, Imaging Protocol & Stress Test Sections
Click around and get a feel for what you see in front of you.
Or just take a quick look and go to step 4.
Here’s what you’ll be looking at when you open the Quick-Start Demo Template:
CNMTs (or sometimes MAs) enter the information in these sections. They transcribe it from our stress worksheets. Data is entered into these report sections in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get format.
It’s very straightforward and takes 2 – 2.5 minutes per report.
Blue fields: These fields are typed into with the keyboard
- Don’t make any changes to these for now
Gray fields: These IAC-required fields are dropdowns (they can also be typed into for rare findings)
- Explore the choices in these fields if you like
- Click in the gray, then click the down arrow that appears to see your choices
- You may make changes to fields with entries if you like
Note: If the arrows for the dropdowns are not appearing, adjust the zoom of the document using the + and – buttons or the slider at the far right, far bottom Word – this will make the dropdowns arrows appear.
Yellow fields: Also dropdowns, but only sometimes required (for example, millimeters of ST depression is only relevant when there is ST depression)
- Explore the available choices in yellow dropdowns, but don’t make changes for now.
Fields with asterisks (********):
- These will be populated by the report automation programming later.
4) Click the Report Automation Tab
The Report Automation tab at the top of Word is where our programming features reside.
Press the Report Automation tab anytime you want to access NucReporter features.
This tab will stay open until you click another tab, such as “Home” or “Insert”.
5) Click the “Demographics + Stress” Button
Clicking this button will trigger a number of actions by The NucReporter:
- Your data entered will be error-checked for
- Logical consistency
- Accreditation compliance
- Unused dropdowns will be deleted
- Calculations will be performed & fields populated
- (Age, BMI, %Max Heart Rate Achieved, etc.)
- Your Exercise Test Summary Section will be populated
- This makes report easier for other physicians to read
- Corrective messages will appear if there are any issues with the dataThese will tell the user what the problems are and how to rectify them(After correcting the data, hit the same button again)
- If your data are OK, a “Success Message” will appear
The data in the Quick-Start Demo Template are OK, so you will see the Success Message after clicking the Demographics + Stress button.
6) Click the “Create Report” Button
When you click the Create Report button:
- The template will be re-named to be a patient report, according to:
- Patient Name
- Date of Study
- In real-world (non-quick-start demo) reports:
- Stress Protocol Type
- Imaging Protocol Type
- A real world report would be named “Doe, John 09.13.2021 Exercise Same Day Rest Stress.docm”
- You will be prompted to choose a location (folder) in which to save the report
The next thing you’ll see is Word asking you where to save your new report-in-progress.
For the sake of simplicity, just save it to your PC’s Desktop.
7) Choose Where to Save Your Report
8) Turn Off the Highlighting
At the point the Demographics, Imaging Protocol & Stress Test Sections are complete.
Before you look them over however, get rid of the highlighting / colors.
Click the little square, as shown below to un-highlight everything.
9) Look Over Your Partially Completed Report
You’ll now see what a typical report will look like for a patient with a positive exercise stress test.
It should look about like this:
- Extra dropdowns are gone
- Calculations have been performed
- A Helpful Exercise Test Summary has been populated
Next, you’ll create your Imaging Findings & Impression sections using our Quick-Normal feature.
10) Open the Interpretation Builder
On the Report Automation tab, click the Image Interpretation button.
This will open a point & click graphical user interface where:
- CNMTs enter their comments when processing the images
- Interpret the images
- Enter any other comments into the Impression
Here’s the 1st screen you’ll see open the Image Interpretation builder.
The Interpretation Builder always opens to the TECHNICAL QUALITY tab.
Brief description of the tabs:
CNMTs enter their name to let the Interpreting Physician know they processed the images.
CNMTs can also make free text comments about the technical quality of the study (not visible on report) for the Interpreting Physician.
CNMTs may also enter any artifacts or the lack thereof (optional).
- Cardiologists can later overide artifact entries
This tab is used only for describing completely normal images & reporting a post-stress EF%.
- This comprises the majority of most studies
Cardiologists make a few quick clicks:
- Choose an EF%
- Click “No previous”
- Assuming no previous studies
This takes < 30 seconds and gets Cardiologists home earlier.
For describing perfusion abnormalities.
For entering EF%s & describing LV Function abnomalities
OVERALL / IMPRESSION
- Comparing to previous studies
- Custom Sentences
- We pre-load 3 dropdowns with your own custom sentences
- Impression Freetext
11) Create a Quick-Normal Report
You’re going to create a totally normal report with no previous studies.
On this screen, do the following:
- Choose a Processing Technologist name
- Choose the Study Quality
- Choose 1 Artifact or choose “none”
- Click the “QUICK-NORMAL REPORT” tab to open that screen
On this screen, do the following:
- Choose a Post-Stress EF%
- Click the “No Previous” checkbox
- Choose an Interpreting Physician name
- Click “Create Report” button
Upon hitting “Create Report”, The NucReporter:
- Error-checks your entries for
- Logical consistency
- Accreditation compliance
- Gives Corrective Messaging if needed
- Gives a Success Messages if your entries are complete & make sense
Here’s the Success Message you will see:
Click “Create Report”
Your Imaging Findings & Impression sections will now be created.
They should look like this:
- The password-protected electronic signature functionality requires a small bit of setup that is not part of the Quick-Start demo.
- Once the setup is done, it takes about 7 seconds to electronically sign your reports.
So at this point, your report is complete.
FYI: You can put your cursor anywhere in the report and make changes or additions – the report is still just a Word document with all the flexibility of any other Word document.
12) Finalize Your Report
Once you are satisfied with your report, do the following:
On the REPORT AUTOMATION tab, click “Finalize Report” then click “Yes“
This does 2 things:
- Saves the report in it’s current form as a Word document
- (Which can later be edited/amended)
- Saves the report as a PDF
- Which can’t be easily edited
- Which can be uploaded to any EHR
- Closes the document & exits Word
Congratulations! You’ve created your first report.
13) View Your Report PDF
Go to your PC’s desktop & locate the PDF version of your report, it will be named “DOE, JOHN A 01_25_2020 NucReporter Quick-Start Demo.PDF“
Double click it.
It will look something like this:
That’s what a bare bones quick-normal report looks like.
However … you’ll notice that the top & bottom of this particular report don’t really match – a history of coronary artery disease, suspicious symptoms, a strikingly positive stress test and perfectly normal images.
This seems unlikely, but that’s OK – your first report was just for quick demonstration purposes.
Next Step: Create a New Findings & Impression
If you’d like, you can open up the Word version of the report, which is still on your desktop, and create a new, abnormal findings & impression section.
Look for the Word Icon on your desktop named “DOE, JOHN A 01_25_2020 NucReporter Quick-Start Demo.docm“.
Double-click it, then open the Interpretation builder & create a new interpretation section- the old findings & impression will be over-writtten.
Click here for instructions on how to create new findings & impression.