Diagnosing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Education for the Community-based Radiologist

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Overview / Abstract:

Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) continue to suffer unacceptable delays in diagnoses and initiations of optimal treatments that can positively impact morbidity and mortality. Radiologists play a critical role in the accurate interpretation of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scans and are essential in identifying candidates for agents approved for the treatment of IPF. Because more than 80% of referring physicians rely on radiologists’ interpretations of CT scans all or most of the time, it is essential that radiologists are aware of the clinical features and distinct radiology pattern of IPF and are able to distinguish IPF from other idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) and lung-disease patients.

Educational Objectives - At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to

-Recognize the clinical features of IPF, including pulmonary and non-pulmonary findings in HRCT images and patient history

-Distinguish IPF from other pulmonary conditions by differentiating usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) categories (definite, possible, and inconsistent) in HRCT images

-Effectively communicate with referring physicians regarding HRCT results and diagnoses of IPF


Jun 15, 2019


Radiology / RAD Tech CE


Webinar / Webcast / Video

Credits / Hours

AACME - 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit; ASRT - 1.0 Category A Credit


Jointly provided by Potomac Center for Medical Education, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Rockpointe.

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Stephen Hobbs, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medicine
​Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Radiology
​Medical Director, UK HealthCare Imagining Informatics
University of Kentucky
​Lexington, KY

Chris Lee, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology
​Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention Fellowship Director
Thoracic Interventional Services
​Keck School of Medicine of USC
​Los Angeles, CA

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Pulmonary Medicine / COPD

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

The activity is supported by an independent education grant from Boehringer Ingelheim, Inc.

Keywords / Search Terms

Rockpointe Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Radiology, HRCT, idiopathic interstitial pneumonias Free CE CME

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