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