Diagnosing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Education for the Community-based Radiologist

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Release Date: June 15, 2018
Expiration Date: June 15, 2019

Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) continue to suffer unacceptable delays in diagnoses and initiations of optimal treatments that can positively impact morbidity and mortality. Radiologists play a critical role in the accurate interpretation of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scans and are essential in identifying candidates for agents approved for the treatment of IPF. Because more than 80% of referring physicians rely on radiologists’ interpretations of CT scans all or most of the time, it is essential that radiologists are aware of the clinical features and distinct radiology pattern of IPF and are able to distinguish IPF from other idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) and lung-disease patients.

Welcome and Introductions
Interpreting HRCT: How to Identify IPF and Other ILDs
Role of Community Radiologists in IPF Diagnosis and Monitoring
Concluding Remarks 

Stephen Hobbs, MD
 Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medicine
​ Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Radiology
​ Medical Director, UK HealthCare Imagining Informatics
 University of Kentucky
​ Lexington, KY


Stephen Hobbs, MD serves as a cardiothoracic radiologist in the Department of Radiology at the University of Kentucky. He has lectured at the national and international level on thoracic imaging topics ranging from thoracic surgery complications to diffuse pulmonary nodule patterns. Dr. Hobbs has particular interests in interstitial lung disease and resident education.

He serves as the Co‐editor of the recently released Thoracic Imaging: A Core Review. In addition, he serves as the Imaging Informatics Medical Director for both the Department of Radiology and the entire UK HealthCare enterprise. He completed radiology residency at the University of Kentucky and subspecialty fellowship training in cardiothoracic radiology at the University of Colorado and National Jewish Health in Denver, CO.

 Chris Lee, MD
​ Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology
​ Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention Fellowship Director
 Thoracic Interventional Services 
​ Keck School of Medicine of USC
​ Los Angeles, CA

Chris Lee, MD is a cardiothoracic radiologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). He is Director of the Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention Fellowship at USC and Director of the USC Lung Cancer Screening Program. Dr. Lee’s research and academic interests include lung-cancer screening, interstitial lung disease, thoracic interventions, and advanced cardiac imaging with CT/MRI. He has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences, and he has authored many publications pertaining to his interests. A native of California, Dr. Lee received both his undergraduate and medical training at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Lee remained at UCLA for both his diagnostic radiology residency and thoracic imaging fellowship before moving across town to become a faculty member at Keck Medicine of USC.

This activity is intended for community radiologists and radiologic technologists involved with the diagnosis of lung disease.

This program is designed to address the following IOM competencies: provide patient-centered care and employ evidence-based practice.                                                  

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to

  • Recognize the clinical features of IPF, including pulmonary and non-pulmonary findings in HRCT images and patient history

  • Distinguish IPF from other pulmonary conditions by differentiating usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) categories (definite, possible, and inconsistent) in HRCT images

  • Effectively communicate with referring physicians regarding HRCT results and diagnoses of IPF

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Program Faculty Disclosures

The program faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

Stephen Hobbs, MD – Nothing to disclose

Chris Lee, MD – Nothing to disclose

Non-faculty Content Contributors

Non-faculty content contributors and/or reviewers reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

Chad Williamson, MS, MBA, CMPP; Jeanelle Spencer, PhD; Blair St. Amand; Trace Hutchison, PharmD; Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP; Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN; Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, FACEHP, CHCP; Lindsay Scott, PT, DPT, ATC: Nothing to disclose                                                                                                                 

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The activity is supported by an independent education grant from Boehringer Ingelheim, Inc.