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Standard medium to long article structure

The following structure should be used in most instances, and applies to medium to long articles. A consistent article structure is important to keep uniformity across the whole site a similar structure to all articles is preferred. 

If your article is short or describes an interventional procedure, please refer to:

Standard structure, heading and subheading for medium and long articles should be:

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An introductory sentence which gives a couple pertinent points and frames what the article will discuss. If the term is similar to another entity or the article describes a subset of related topics, clarification should be included in this section. Examples include:

In some cases, a term may relate to several radiopaedia articles. In this case, a separate article is required for each instance and an additional page is required to explain where to find the appropriate articles. It is helpful to add links to pages that share the same title. For more information, see disambiguation.

Epidemiology

Associations

Clinical presentation

Some information about demographics and clinical features. Complications which occur in relation to treatment should be placed in this section. Complications intrinsic to the condition usually fit best into clinical presentation (e.g. pathological fracture through a bone lesion).

Pathology [or] pathophysiology

If classification systems exist please make these separate articles with Classification as a section attribute and link them from here. E.g. Achilles tendon tear classification

Markers

If there are relevant serological markers

Genetics

If the there are specific feautres relating to genetics. This will often be alluded to in both epidemiology and general pathology sections. 

Location [or] Distribution

Staging

Staging systems are best included as a link to a separate article. 

Radiographic features

Before any modality specific features are discussed, general appearances should be included here. This helps in eliminating repetition from modality to modality as often these are just different ways of imaging the same macroscopic features.

Plain film
Fluoroscopy 
IVP / Barium
Ultrasound
CT
Angiography
MRI

General MRI features

Signal characteristics

  • T1
    • if multiple points then
    • use indented bullets
    • use simple case unless its a person's name or abbreviation
    • enhancement should be last
  • T2 / FLAIR : if only one point then no need for indented bullet
  • GE / SWI :
  • DWI :
  • MR spectroscopy :
Nuclear medicine

Treatment and prognosis

Complications which occur in relation to treatment should be placed in this section. Complications intrinsic to the condition usually fit best into clinical presentation (e.g. pathological fracture through a bone lesion).

Etymology

Some articles may relate to terms or conditions where the history of the name is interesting or useful. This is most often the case with eponymous syndromes. In the case of eponymns, add "eponymous" as a tag and list the relevant people as a bulleted list:

  • Dr Harold Style : anatomist and artist : Bonn, Germany (1921 - 1998)

For more information, see the specific page on eponymous syndromes.

Differential diagnosis

  • condition A : sometimes a short sentence stating how it differs from the primary diagnosis may be appropriate.
  • condition B
  • etc...

See also

  • other articles may be useful
  • usually these will not have been linked to from the text

Related articles

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