HRCT of the Interstitial Lung Diseases: What, Why, and How To

  • Mario Maffessanti
  • Giorgia Dalpiaz


Interstitial lung diseases comprise more than 100 entities in which the lung is more or less broadly involved by a diffuse disease, mostly — but not uniquely — nonneoplastic. A diffuse lung disease (DLD) is a pathologic process in which it is not possible to localize unambiguously the topographic site of onset. Interstitial should be considered a misnomer, because several diffuse entities involve uniquely or at least partially the alveolar spaces; however, the word is so deeply rooted in the collective imagination that it is widely used in the common practice.


Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Interstitial Lung Disease Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Usual Interstitial Pneumonia Interlobular Septum 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Maffessanti
    • 1
  • Giorgia Dalpiaz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Trieste, Ospedale di CattinaraTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyOspedale BellariaBolognaItaly

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