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Wednesday Transcription Tip- Plane/Plain

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 @ 01:43 AM

Med-Line School of Medical Transcription

This week's tup comes from Diane Gilmore.

Plane vs plain confuses a lot of MTs as it relates to imaging


Plain
is not the same as plane

The word “plain” denotes something done without contrast. Think of plain in this context as ordinary. A plain x-ray is nothing special, i.e. no contrast.
            The patient had a plain x-ray.  (not plane)

A plane is an imaginary flat surface and refers to planes of the body. The frontal plane of the body is also known as the coronal plane.
            We made our incision along the medial plane.

Diane Gilmore, CMT
Director of Education 

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