Incidentaloma: a cutesy term for an unexpected finding on an imaging or lab study unrelated to the study’s original purpose.
Known more formally as an “incidental finding”, they are a huge source of wasted time, money, effort, anxiety, and medical resources spent tracking down exactly what they are. Because lawsuit!
I found myself trying to explain this concept to a patient the other day, and came up with this:
It’s something completely unrelated that’s photobombing your xray.
Isn’t that exactly it?