Article titles should be concise and accurate allowing readers to search and link to the vast volume of information on Radiopaedia.org.
The following points should be kept in mind when deciding on an article title:
- UK English spelling is preferred
- avoid the use of acronyms
- only the first word is capitalised unless it is a proper noun (i.e. a name)
Alternative spellings, acronyms and more descriptive article titles can be included in the synonym section, or in some instances in the introduction.
Always use sentence case when giving an article a title:
- "Transient tachypnoea of the newborn", not "Transient Tachypnoea of the Newborn"
- if there is a recognised acronym, it shouldn't end up in the title
- use the full expanded term as the title
- include a synonym for "Title (Acronym)" and "Acronym"
- this example will be called "Transient tachypnoea of the newborn" and have synonyms of "Transient Tachypnoea of the Newborn (TTN)" and "TTN"
Singular versus pleural
It is best to put the title in singular form
e.g "Meningioma", not "Meningiomas"
Special article titles
A number of recurrent situations exist which require consistent syntax. Below are some specific guidelines for frequently encountered situations.
In many instances, the same title is needed for multiple articles because the title refers to more than one thing. This includes anatomical structures (e.g. lingula), signs (e.g. bull's eye sign) or multisystem disorders (e.g. sarcoidosis).
For a dedicated discussion of this issue please refer to the article on disambiguation.
When organising sub-articles from a larger parent article, please put the main topic first, followed by the subtopic in parentheses. For example, "Hodgkin lymphoma (musculoskeletal manifestations)" rather than "Musculoskeletal manifestations of Hodgkin lymphoma".
Classification articles should be named using the following form:
- [classification name] classification of [condition name]
Many signs are named using unusual terms that give no clue as to what they relate to. To make this more contextual, the context of the sign should be included in parentheses. This may be a part of the body, or a condition, or a system. Which you choose will depend on the sign, but should be as precise as possible (i.e. if a sign relates to only one condition, then the context should be the condition, whereas if the sign is more general, the context may be a region or even a system.
Staging article titles should take the following form:
- [condition name] (staging)
Where the staging system has a name, the form is:
- [staging name] staging system for [condition name]
Articles on a non-radiography protocol should have the modality in brackets:
- [name of protocol] (modality)
Articles on radiographic protocols take the form:
- [body part] (view name)
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