High-resolution computed tomography in the evaluation of fibrosing alveolitis

Clin Chest Med. 1999 Dec;20(4):739-60, viii. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(05)70253-7.


High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is now widely used in the investigation of patients with suspected or known diffuse lung disease. This article reviews some of the technical aspects of HRCT and the pathologic considerations that should be appreciated in the context of diagnosing fibrosing alveolitis. The precise quantitation of disease extent and characterization of disease pattern on HRCT has been used to provide new insights about the prognosis and pathophysiology of fibrosing lung disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / mortality
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / pathology
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Survival Rate
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*