Medical abbreviations and acronyms

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

This article contains a list of commonly used medical abbreviations and acronyms that may be encountered in medicine and radiology (please keep in alphabetic order).

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Q

  • Q: perfusion (in a VQ scan)
  • QALY: quality-adjusted life year

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V

  • V: ventlation (in a VQ scan)
  • VA
  • VAC: vacuum assisted closure (wounds)
  • VAD: ventricular assistance device
  • VALI: Ventilator-associated lung injury
  • VAP: ventilator-acquired pneumonia
  • VATS: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
  • VB: vertebral body
  • VBAC: vaginal birth after caesarean section
  • VBG: venous blood gas
  • VC: vital capacity
  • VD
  • VEMP: Vestibular-Evoked Myogenic Potentials
  • VHL: von Hippel Lindau
  • VISI: volar intercalated segmental instability
  • VLDL: very low density lipoprotein
  • VOD: veno-occlusive disease
  • VOG: vein of Galen
  • VOI: volume of interest
  • VOM: vein of Marshall
  • VPS: ventricular peritoneal shunt
  • VQ scan: ventilation perfusion scan
  • VR: vasectomy reversal
  • VRE: vancomycin-resistant enterococci
  • VRS: Virchow-Robin space
  • VRT: volume rendered transformation
  • VSD: ventricular septal defect
  • VSS: vital signs stable
  • VF: ventricular fibrillation
  • VT
    • tidal volume
    • ventricular tachycardia
  • VTE: venous thromboembolism
  • VUJ: vesiculoureteric junction
  • VV
    • varicose veins
    • venous varix
  • VZV: varicella zoster virus

W

X

  • XLIF: eXtreme lateral interbody fusion
  • XRT: radiotherapy
  • XR: x-ray

Y

  • YS: yolk sac
  • YST: yolk sac tumour

Z

Other

  • #: fracture
  • ?: query or question
  • 4D-TRAK: 4D timerResolved angiography using keyhole (Philips)
  • 5-FU: 5-fluorouracil
  • 6-MP: 6-mercaptopurine
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