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).

  • Q: perfusion (in a VQ scan)
  • QALY: quality-adjusted life year
  • XLIF: eXtreme lateral interbody fusion
  • XRT: radiotherapy
  • XR: x-ray
  • YS: yolk sac
  • YST: yolk sac tumour
  • #: fracture
  • ?: query or question
  • 4D-TRAK: 4D Time-Resolved Angiography using Keyhole: Philips
  • 5-FU: 5-fluorouracil
  • 6-MP: 6-mercaptopurine
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