Accurate diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is essential to identify patients who are potential candidates for newly approved drug therapies. High-resolution CT (HRCT) scanning is a critical step in the evaluation of patients with suspected IPF, because it can help to distinguish IPF from other interstitial lung diseases. In the appropriate clinical situation, the presence of key features of IPF (definite usual interstitial pneumonia [UIP] pattern) on HRCT of the chest can confirm the diagnosis of IPF and obviate the need for surgical lung biopsy.
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This cased-based, interactive activity utilizes actual, complete HRCT image sets from patients with IPF and lung diseases frequently mistaken for IPF. Clinical information, image sets and pulmonary function data are incorporated into the cases to simulate real-world clinical practice, emphasizing the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to IPF.
After a pre-test assessment, participants receive an individualized series of instructional cases and immediate feedback designed to improve their HRCT interpretation skills. After answering the questions for each case, participants can view a video case review of what they just went through and compare their own HRCT interpretations to those of expert radiologists. Informative mini-lectures can be viewed at any time during the program. Once participants have completed all of the cases they will be presented with a post-test. Upon completion of the post-test and a survey participants can receive credit for the program.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
- Define the CT categories of “Definite usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP)”, “Possible UIP” and “Inconsistent with UIP” as described by the ATS/ERS criteria.
- Differentiate the above three categories of UIP on high-resolution chest computed tomography (HRCT) images.
- Differentiate traction bronchiolectasis from honeycombing on HRCT.
- Recognize common diffuse interstitial lung disease patterns that can mimic UIP/ IPF.
If a participant cannot complete the activity in a single session, he/she can log out and log back in at a later time; responses and progress will be saved.
For questions regarding this activity, please contact the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health: 303.398.1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.