The American Thoracic Society provides guidelines for the confident radiographic diagnosis of UIP. In addition, the guidelines identify findings on CT scans that should suggest an alternative diagnosis to UIP. These findings include consolidation, air trapping, nodules, ground glass opacities, cysts, and upper lung and bronchovascular distribution. We present a mnemonic to help the reader remember the list of findings that are inconsistent with UIP and provide imaging examples for completeness. The mnemonic is “CANNOT B” UIP.
- Chest CT
- Usual interstitial pneumonia