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
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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.
Images of ILD - train your HRCT skills
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.
- Raghu G, et al. An official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT statement: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011;183:788–824.