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3 . 2022

Speech recognition technology: results of a survey of radiologists at the Moscow reference center for diagnostic radiology


The development of medical digital technologies, such as computer vision and speech recognition, makes it possible to automate and simplify some of the radiologist’s routine tasks. Voice recognition systems reduce the time it takes to fill out medical records, improve workplace ergonomics, and make protocol texts more standardized. Despite this, voice recognition technology is only gaining popularity among specialists in the Russian medical community.

Material and methods. A sociological research method in the form of a questionnaire was used to study the opinion of radiologists about the use of a voice recognition system. The survey was conducted in March 2021 among the specialists of the Moscow Reference Center of Radiology. The questionnaire consisted of 28 questions.

Results. A total of 84 radiologists completed the survey. Slightly more than half of the radiologists (52.2%) prefer using voice recognition system when preparing study reports. Most respondents (62.8%) reported that the voice recognition system improves their efficiency, but 37.2% took a neutral stance or responded that the technology does not affect their efficiency. Most radiologists (72.1%) reported psychological discomfort when filling out protocols by voice in the presence of colleagues. The majority (81.4%) of respondents rated the quality of radiology vocabulary recognition as good and excellent: 58.1 and 23.3%, respectively.

Conclusion. The results of the survey showed the formation of positive attitudes among radiologists toward voice recognition technology. Among Russian-speaking radiologists there remains a wariness about the accuracy of Russian language recognition. As the technology develops and the quality of recognition improves, so does the physician’s attitude to voice completion of medical documents.

Keywords:speech recognition technology; voice input, diagnostic radiology; medical reports; survey

Funding. This publication was prepared by the team of authors as part of the research work (No. EGISU: АААА-А21-121012290080-8) in accordance with the Program of the Moscow City Health Department «Scientific support of the capital’s healthcare» for 2020–2022.

Conflict of interest. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Contribution. Writing the text, collecting and processing materials, analyzing the data obtained – Kudryavtsev N.D.; analysis of the obtained data – Semenov D.S.; collection of materials – Kozhikhina D.D.; concept and design of the study – Vladzymyrskyy A.V.

For citation: Kudryavtsev N.D., Semenov D.S., Kozhikhina D.D., Vladzymyrskyy A.V. Speech recognition technology: results of a survey of radiologists at the Moscow reference center for diagnostic radiology. ORGZDRAV: novosti, mneniya, obuchenie. Vestnik VSHOUZ [HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT: News, Views, Education. Bulletin of VSHOUZ]. 2022; 8 (3): 95–104. DOI: (in Russian)


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Guzel E. Ulumbekova
MD, MBA from Harvard University (Boston, USA), Head of the Graduate School of Healthcare Organization and Management (VSHOUZ)
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