Hair artifact

Hair artifact and hair-product artifacts are artifacts produced by the presence of the patient's hair across the field of view during acquisition of an image, which can affect all modalities to varying degrees. For example, in mammography, hair may appear as curvilinear white lines or may simulate calcifications, especially on the craniocaudal projection 2.


Radiographic diagnosis

Repeat image will show complete resolution of the artifact upon placing the hair away from field of view as possible, or getting rid of hair products by washing hair with clear water.

Imaging technology

Article information

rID: 69437
Section: Radiography
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Hair artifacts
  • Hair artefacts
  • Hair artefact
  • Hair-product artifact
  • Hair-product artifacts
  • Hair-product artefact
  • Hair-product artefacts

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Cases and figures

  • Case1: x -ray pony tail causing artefact
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  • Case 2 : x-ray right upper
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  • Case 3: mammogram
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  • Case 4: CT
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  • Case 5: MRI susceptibility artefact-hair shampoo
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