The ABCs of CVTs

Posted: Feb 1, 2017
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Have you ever thought about how many acronyms we use on a daily basis? Some we know by heart, but other definitions remain a bit fuzzy. I took an informal census of our technical staff to see who knew the exact meaning of the term FAST scan. I received some blank stares. And no, it doesn’t mean a scan that’s quick.

I also asked my fellow techs if they knew how to remember the difference between AD and AS or OD and OS. When I told them that left-handed people were once considered evil or “sinister” and right-handed people were considered dexterous, I saw a light go on in their heads. Knowing the meaning behind the acronyms can help our memory and understanding of the terms. So check out the printable guide on acronyms for technicians and get your geek on!




Katherine Michael's picture

I'd add FAD for Flea Allergy Dermatitis! And what does a FAST scan stand for? It's not on your list. :) HBC for Hit by Car is fairly widely used, as is ADR though that last one isn't as professional or useful. I used to work for a doctor who'd get really mad when anyone used that!

Elizabeth Freas's picture

Focused assessment with sonography for trauma. AFAST is abdominal, TFAST is thoracic

Jillian Taylor's picture

Great article, thank you. Just FYI, it looks like your meaning for the acronym for PPDH is incomplete.

Chelsea Lincoln's picture

Hi Jillian, Thank you so much for pointing this out! We will get this updated right away. It should say "Peritoneal-pericardial diaphragmatic hernia is a congenital abnormality where abdominal contents have entered the pericardial cavity and yet the pleural space remains intact."

Elizabeth Freas's picture

I think US should be ultrasound, UA should be urinalysis. I would also add IV, IM, NPO, TP, and IOP

Ashley MacKay's picture

I was just wondering why there was no way to "assign" this to my team. I know it isn't really a true assignment but I feel like this would be the best way to get it out to everyone.

Rachel Medo's picture

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