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International Labor Office Classification System in the Age of Imaging: Relevant or Redundant

Henry, Daniel A. M.D.

Journal of Thoracic Imaging: July 2002 - Volume 17 - Issue 3 - p 179-188
Imaging of Occupational Lung Disease
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The 1980 International Labor Office International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses is a widely used epidemiologic tool with a storied past. This article reviews its development and examines its applications to occupational lung disease and the controversies generated in that process. The question of its relevancy to current imaging practices is discussed.

From the American College of Radiology Committee (formerly Task Force) on the Pneumoconioses and Department of Radiology, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Dr. Henry is a member of the American College of Radiology Committee (formerly Task Force) on the Pneumoconioses.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Daniel A. Henry, M.D., FACR, Director of Thoracic Imaging, Department of Radiology, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, MCV Box 980615, Richmond, VA 23298–0615. E-mail: dhenry@hsc.vcu.edu

The author expresses his gratitude to Otha Linton, Jerome Wiot, M.D., Nicholas Sargent, M.D., and John Parker, M.D. for their assistance, and to Margie Smith for manuscript support.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.