Fast Five Quiz: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Imaging

Ani Kapoor, MD


April 30, 2020

HRCT scanning is an essential component of the diagnostic pathway of IPF. On HRCT scan images, IPF is characterized by patchy, peripheral, subpleural, and bibasilar reticular opacities.

HRCT scan findings that are suggestive of alternate diagnoses include predominantly ground-glass opacities (nonspecific interstitial lung disease), cysts, lymph node enlargement (sarcoidosis), pleural plaques (consider asbestosis), dilated esophagus (consider connective tissue disorder), and distal clavicular erosions (consider rheumatoid arthritis).

Learn more about the workup for IPF.

For more information, refer to the Official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT Clinical Practice Guideline: Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis - An Update of the 2011 Clinical Practice Guideline and the Japanese Guideline for the Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis


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