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Extracting structured information from free text pathology reports.

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Schadow G, McDonald CJ
AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2003:584-8.
Abstract: 

We have developed a method that extracts structured information about specimens and their related findings in free-text surgical pathology reports. Our method uses regular expressions that drive a state-automaton on top of XSLT and Java. Text fragments identified are coded against the UMLS. This paper describes the technical approach and reports on a preliminary evaluation study, designed to guide further development. We found that of 275 reviewed reports, 91% were coded at least so that all specimens and their critical pathologic findings were represented in codes.

Schadow G, McDonald CJ. Extracting structured information from free text pathology reports. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2003:584-8.