Frequency of positive findings on Chest X-ray of patients proved to have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT).

Ramish Riaz


Background: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is a chronic pulmonary disorder characterized by thickening of inner lining of lungs, fibrosis of interstitium. Follow up scans are needed during long treatment procedure which create excessive radiation burden on patient. X-rays can be used for this purpose. Disease carry poor prognosis. Early detection could help in early treatment of disease.


Materials & methods: X-rays of 30 diagnosed cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on HRCT were investigated.


Results: Out of 30 patients 27/30 (90%) had positive finding on chest X ray.


Conclusion: 90% of the patients had positive x-ray finding. Thus X-Ray being widely available plays an important role in diagnosing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and for follow up scans.



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