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Books, Journals, New Media
April 27, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(16):2035-2039. doi:10.1001/jama.293.16.2036

During their training, most diagnostic radiology residents in the United States and some residents from other countries attend a multiweek course at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, DC. During the course, they are presented with correlation of radiologic and pathologic findings in a wide variety of diseases throughout the body.

For most attendees, the AFIP experience is a highlight of their training because radiologic-pathologic correlation adds a multidimensional understanding of the appearance of disease processes on imaging studies. For example, learning that on gross pathology Ménétrier disease of the stomach appears as markedly thickened gastric folds, which can resemble cerebral gyrations, helps explain why Ménétrier disease produces gastric fold thickening on an upper gastrointestinal radiologic examination. In most instances, knowledge of the pathologic appearance of disease entities facilitates retention and understanding of their imaging appearance.

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