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Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2014 Mar-Apr;43(2):91-8. doi: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2013.12.003.

Eponyms in cardiothoracic radiology: Part I. Neoplasms.

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Department of Radiology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Electronic address:
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO; Department of Radiology, Saint Luke׳s Hospital, Kansas City, MO.
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO; Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.
Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI.


Eponyms serve the purpose of honoring individuals who have made important observations and discoveries. As with other fields of medicine, eponyms are frequently encountered in radiology, particularly in chest radiology. However, inappropriate use of an eponym may lead to potentially dangerous miscommunication. Moreover, an eponym may honor the incorrect person or a person who falls into disrepute. Despite their limitations, eponyms are still widespread in medical literature. Furthermore, in some circumstances, more than one individual may have contributed to the description or discovery of a particular anatomical structure or disease, whereas in others, an eponym may have been incorrectly applied initially and propagated for years in medical literature. Nevertheless, radiologic eponyms are a means of honoring those who have made lasting contributions to the field of radiology, and familiarity with these eponyms is critical for proper reporting and accurate communication. In addition, the acquisition of some historical knowledge about those whose names are associated with various structures or pathologic conditions conveys a sense of humanity in the field of medicine. In this article, the first of a multipart series, the authors discuss a number of chest radiology eponyms as they relate to neoplasms, including relevant clinical and imaging features, as well biographic information of the respective eponym׳s namesake.

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