Resources for Understanding Your Medical Record

The medical terms in your record may be new to you. If you need help understanding the meaning of unfamiliar terms, check out these resources:



Understanding a pathology report can be tricky. If you need help, check out this guide from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).  


There are a wide variety of radiology tests and treatments. To learn about the different tests, view this guide from the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology.

Interventional Radiology

Emory’s Interventional Radiology department offers helpful videos on treatments they provide.

I can’t find a note I expected to see. Why is that?

  • The note may have been written before clinical notes were shared to your patient portal, which started on November 16, 2020. 
  • The note may not be finalized yet, as it can take up to 3 to 5 days for some providers to finalize their notes. There are also short delays in sharing notes from inpatient (hospital) stays or notes describing pathology results. 
If you have additional questions, contact your care team.