The key to diagnosing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a high-resolution computed-tomography (HRCT) scan. If the HRCT scan shows a usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern and alternative causes of interstitial lung disease (ILD) can be ruled out, a diagnosis of IPF is indicated.1
Would you like to learn more about ILD patterns in HRCT?
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A UIP pattern on HRCT is characterised by1
Basal and peripheral predominance
Honeycombing (usually subpleural)
Reticular opacities, often in combination with traction bronchiectasis
Absence of features specified as inconsistent with a UIP pattern
However, the correct interpretation of lung HRCT results can be difficult, especially if you are not an ILD expert. For this reason, Boehringer Ingelheim has developed Images of ILD, a tool designed especially for pulmonologists who want to learn more about lung HRCT patterns.
Watch the IPF webinar: Correct diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) with Prof Michael Kreuter and Prof Claus-Peter Heussel
A variety of authentic patient cases provide insights into the specific patterns associated with different types of ILDs. The main focus of the tool is on the HRCT scan, but detailed patient information, expert opinion and test questions are also provided and no login is required.
Images of ILD