UCSD Musculoskeletal Radiology




1. LOG ON: Hit [RETURN] to get the computerís attention from your terminal, then type [RETURN][RETURN]. On a PC, run Smartterm and choose the IDXRAD icon by selecting it by clicking on it and hitting [RETURN] or [ENTER]. At the prompt, type RAD [RETURN] .

2. On the ID screen, type your 6-digit ID number (add 0 before your 5 digit RTAS ID), type TAB or [RETURN], enter your password and [RETURN].

3. On the location screen, type: ** [RETURN] [RETURN].

4. Select the Physicianís Module (type appropriate number #7 and [RETURN] ).

To sign your own reports enter 1 [RETURN]; itís the quickest way to see if you have any ready. You can look at a list of all unsigned reports by choosing DISPLAY (use the number #10 or type DIS [RETURN]). You can list the reports or go ahead and read them sequentially by hitting [RETURN] twice more. If you hit F1 by mistake, it locks the screen. Just hit it again.


6. To scroll the screen up to read the rest of the report, type [NEXT] or F [RETURN] on a terminal; on a PC you can also use the [pgdn] key; to go back type [PREV] or B [RETURN] or [pgup]. To sign the report, type S [RETURN]. To finalize a signed report that has been put in review status (R), you must delete it: type D [RETURN].

7. Do not sign a report with words left blank or confusing text. Either edit (type E [RETURN] E [RETURN]) or go to the next report by entering N [RETURN]. You may dictate a supplement or replacement, but it is more efficient to edit. If you redictate, use exam type 66. A Stat report is type 33.

8. The editor is antique, almost the same as Word Perfect version 5 (circa 1988). Also, because of the conversion to and from ASCII, formatting is lost. Do not use Tabs or Indents, bold, underline, etc.


On a terminal, use the arrow keys to get around. The [BACKSPACE] key deletes the last character; the [REMOVE] key takes out the character under the cursor; [CONTROL] J deletes the whole word the cursor is in. Typing is in insert mode by default. To move to a "------" to insert the missing word, type [FIND] - [FIND],then [CONTROL] J to delete the dashes.

On a PC, make sure the numlock light is off, preferably before invoking the editor. The arrow keys which work are the ones on the number keypad, not the others. Use the [HOME] key for the "search" function. [CONTROL] J also deletes a word on a PC. Use the backspace or [DELETE] key for deletion of a character.

If you find you have highlighted a block by mistake, go back to normal by hitting [SELECT] on a terminal or [END] on a PC.

9. To exit the text editor on a terminal, type [PF1] E; on a PC, type [numlock] E.

After the text is reconverted type S [RETURN] to save and then S [RETURN] to sign. You should EXIT from any report or screen other than a directory or else access is blocked.

10. Miscellaneous: There is a [HELP] key (F15) ona terminal; type [ALT] [F5] on a PC (using SmartTerm), you can use it either in IDXRAD or in the text editor to see what your options are. The F13 key is for EXIT, to escape making a choice. The PC equivalent is [ALT] F3. The [INS] key toggles between INSERT and TYPEOVER.

DO NOT FORGET: type [PF1] E (or [numlock] E) to exit from editing.


11. You cannot edit the request information that was on the exam card; only the transcriptionist can do that. You can edit the report header in the upper "window" by typing [PF1] F9 (thatís [numlock] F9 on a PC). Do the same to move the cursor back.

12. You can see hidden carriage returns with REVEAL CODES, the F19 key; thatís [ALT] F9 on a PC. [PF3] = will give you pulldown menus, if you prefer, which you may navigate with the arrow keys and type [RETURN] to make something happen.



One character up, down, right or left [ARROW keys] [ARROW keys] (numberpad)

Top of screen (same column) [PREV] [pgdn]

(Scrolls if on top line of window already)

Beginning of text in window PF4 [UPARROW] –(numberpad)[UPARROW]

Beginning of line PF4 [LEFT ARROW] –(numberpad)[LEFT ARROW]

Beginning of paragraph PF2 [UP ARROW] ;(numberpad)[UP ARROW]

Previous word PF2 [LEFT ARROW] /(numberpad)[LEFT ARROW]

Bottom of screen (or scroll) [NEXT] [pgup]

End of text in window PF4 [DOWN ARROW] –(nmbrpad)[DOWN ARROW]

End of line PF1 1 [numlock] 1

Next paragraph PF2[DOWN ARROW] /(nmbrpad)[DOWN ARROW]

Next word PF2[RIGHT ARROW] /(nmbrpad)[RIGHT ARROW]


To end of line PF2 1 /(numberpad) 1

To end of page PF2 [NEXT] /(numberpad)[pgdn]


UNDO: the F7 key cancels the previous command or deletion.