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A ditzel is an informal term widely used by radiologists to refer to indeterminate small pulmonary nodules 1.
History and etymology
The etymology of the term ditzel is disputed. It might be derived from the American term 'ditzy' meaning silly or inane, but there is a lack of good evidence for this. Some have suggested a Yiddish origin due to its spelling and pronunciation, but there is no such word in Yiddish.
- 1. Munden RF, Hess KR. "Ditzels" on chest CT: survey of members of the Society of Thoracic Radiology. (2001) AJR. American journal of roentgenology. 176 (6): 1363-9. doi:10.2214/ajr.176.6.1761363 - Pubmed
- 2. Rogers LF. "Ditzels": little things mean a lot. (2001) AJR. American journal of roentgenology. 176 (6): 1355. doi:10.2214/ajr.176.6.1761355 - Pubmed