The world of medicine is full of complex health issues and procedures--and
it seems like each one of them comes with an abbreviation that can make
a medical chart read like a confusing alphabet soup. Take our quiz to
see if you can decipher these abbreviations.
(Answers at the bottom of the page)
a. cardiopulmonary resuscitation
b. cardiopulmonary respiration
c. cardiopulmonary rescue
a. mirror reflecting imaging
b. magnetic resonance imaging
c. medial randomized imaging
a. regular blastoma cell
b. red blood cell
c. respiratory blood count
b. endoscopic cardiogram
a. cancerous basal cell
b. chemical body culture
c. complete blood count
a. hepatitis-diseased liver
b. high-density lipoprotein
c. heoglobin-derived lupus
a. radial arthritis
b. rigid arthritis
c. rheumatoid arthritis
a. x-ray technician
b. radiotherapy/radiation therapy
c. extra radical treatment
a. hepatitis c virus
b. high cardiac vein
c. hemoglobin cancer virus
a. computer-assisted diagnosis
b. chronic adrenal disease
c. coronary artery disease
1. Answer: a, cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
CPR is the combination of mouth-to-mouth breathing and chest compressions
administered during emergencies when someone's heart or breathing
2. Answer: b, magnetic resonance imaging.
Doctors can diagnose many health problems thanks to these scans, which
capture images of the inside of the body via a large magnet and radio
waves; scans are done with the patient lying still inside the MRI machine.
3. Answer: b, red blood cell.
Produced in the bone marrow, red blood cells have the important task of
carrying oxygen through the body, while also ridding it of carbon dioxide
by sending it to the lungs.
4. Answer: a, electrocardiogram.
By measuring the electrical impulses generated by a patient's heartbeat,
an ECG can bring to light cardiac issues such as irregular heartbeat or
an enlarged heart.
5. Answer: c, complete blood count.
If you've ever watched a TV medical drama, you've probably heard
a nurse or doctor urgently call out for a CBC, which measures various
aspects of a patient's blood, such as the number of red and white
blood cells and platelets.
6. Answer: b, high-density lipoprotein.
This is known as the "good" type of cholesterol--it helps the
heart by clearing out the bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or
LDL) that can build up on artery walls and put you at risk for heart attack
7. Answer: c, rheumatoid arthritis.
RA develops when the body's immune system degenerates the joint tissue
in places such as the hands, fingers or knees, often resulting in chronic
pain and swelling.
8. Answer: b, radiotherapy/radiation therapy.
This is a common course of cancer treatment used to shrink or eliminate
malignant cells; it can also be called x-ray therapy or irradiation.
9. Answer: a, hepatitis c virus.
HCV can cause inflammation of the liver and, if left unchecked over the
long term, can possibly cause liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver or
10. Answer: c, coronary artery disease.
Plaque buildup narrows artery walls and prevents the heart from functioning
properly in CAD, which is the number-one cause of death in America, according
to the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood