Hair artifact

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

Hair artifact and hair-product artifacts are artifacts produced by the presence of the patient's hair, hair accessories (e.g. hair clip) and hair products (e.g. shampoo) within the field of view during acquisition of an image, which can affect all modalities to varying degrees. For example, in mammography, hair may appear as curvilinear white lines or may simulate calcifications, especially on the craniocaudal projection 2

Radiographic features

A repeat image will show complete resolution of the artifact following moving the hair away from the field of view as far as possible, removing hair-clips or getting rid of hair products by washing hair with clear water.

Imaging technology

Article information

rID: 69437
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Hair product artefact
  • Hair product artefacts
  • Hair product artifacts
  • Hair product artifact
  • Hair accessory artifacts
  • Hair accessory artifact
  • Hair artifacts
  • Hair artefacts
  • Hair artefact
  • Hair-product artifact
  • Hair-product artifacts
  • Hair-product artefact
  • Hair-product artefacts

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Cases and figures

  • Case1: x-ray ponytail causing artifact
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  • Case 2 : hair artifact on CXR
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  • Case 3: mammogram
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  • Case 4: CT
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  • Case 5: MRI susceptibility artifact - hair shampoo
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