HRCT and the Radiologist's Role in Diagnosing IPF

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A Series of CME-certified Activities

 Stephen Hobbs, MD

 Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medicine 
 Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Radiology
 Medical Director
 UK HealthCare Imaging Informatics
 University of Kentucky
 Lexington, KY

 Jonathan H. Chung, MD
Associate Professor
 Interim Chief of Quality, Department of Radiology
 Section Chief, Thoracic Radiology
​ The University of Chicago Medicine
 Chicago, IL

Use of a multidisciplinary team approach to the diagnosis and care of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been shown to improve treatment and outcomes. However, patients with IPF continue to suffer unacceptable delays in diagnosis and initiation of optimal treatments. High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is recommended for all patients suspected to have idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs), as it can allow for a confident determination of disease without an invasive, and often risky, lung biopsy. Radiologists are essential for early diagnosis of IPF and improved patient outcomes since clinicians rely on their accurate interpretation of HRCT scans. Thus, it is imperative that radiologists become familiar with the distinguishing features of IPF in an HRCT scan and are able to differentiate IPF from other lung conditions.

Welcome and Introductions
Interpreting HRCT: How to Identify IPF and Other ILDs
Critical Role of Radiologists in IPF Diagnosis anf Monitoring
Conclusions and Final Q&A Session

This activity is intended for radiologists involved in the diagnosis of lung diseases.

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

  • Differentiate usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) categories (definite, possible, and inconsistent) in HRCT images, distinguishing IPF from other pulmonary conditions
  • Communicate with referring physicians to gather relevant patient histories, discuss analyses of HRCTs, and ensure accurate diagnoses of ILDs

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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.