Radiology Terminology

Deciphering Radiology One Term at a Time

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There are 21 names in this directory beginning with the letter F.
false negative test result
A test result that indicates a disease is not present, when in fact it is present.
fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
A test that checks for hidden blood in fecal material (stool).
fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
A test that checks for hidden blood in fecal material (stool).
femoral artery
A major artery that supplies blood to the lower extremity.
ferro-
Prefix designating the presence of metallic iron.
ferromagnetic
The presence of metallic iron or of the divalent ion Fe2+ that possesses magnetism.
fetus
In humans, the product of conception from the end of the eighth week to the moment of birth.
fibroadenoma
A benign tumor usually occurring in breast tissue.
fibrocartilaginous
Composed of fibrocartilage, the fibers that appear between tendons, ligaments or bones.
fibrocystic
A common and benign (non-cancerous) condition of cysts in the breast, characterized by lumpiness and sometimes discomfort.
fibroid
Resembling or composed of fibers or fibrous tissue.
fine needle aspiration
A type of biopsy in which a small needle is inserted through the skin to the site of an abnormal growth to collect and remove a sample of cells for analysis.
firewall
A program or hardware device that filters information coming through an Internet connection into a computer system. If the incoming information packet is flagged by the filters it is not allowed through.
fissure
A groove or tear.
fistula
An abnormal connection or false passageway between the body's organs and or blood vessels.
fluoroscope
A device that projects radiographic (x-ray) images in a movie-like sequence onto a screen monitor.
fluoroscopy
A form of real-time x-ray that employs a fluoroscope to examine the tissues and deep structures within the body.
Foley catheter
A flexible plastic tube (a catheter) inserted into the bladder to provide continuous urinary drainage.
fontanelle
The incompletely formed gap between bones of a skull in a fetus or an infant, also known as a soft spot.
fractionation
The process of administering a dose of radiation in smaller units over time, as opposed to a single large dose, to minimize tissue damage.
fracture
A partial or complete break in a bone.