Correct chest radiograph terminology
Correct chest radiograph terminology is very helpful when describing pathology. It is especially important when describing findings to colleagues (radiologist or not) or when describing a film in a radiology exam.
Terms to avoid
There are some terms that will drive people wild! Steer clear of them at all costs:
- shadowing: your medical and surgical colleagues might talk about shadowing, but it sounds better if you use the synonymous radiological term, opacification
- fields: describing pathology in the left upper lung field could drive people over the edge so its probably better to describe pathology in a zone, not a field
Don't use terms loosely. As a radiologist, we are supposed to describe accurately and specifically. However, many terms get used interchangably even though they aren't synonymous:
- opacification: increased density
consolidation: a description of the solidification of lung parenchyma because of airspace pathology - it is not a specific term for infection
- patchy consolidation
- confluent consolidation
- more to come...