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APA Style (American Psychological Association): Diagnostic Imaging

Information on understanding and using APA style.

Diagnostic Imaging Depts & APA at the University

Below are examples for citing a medical report. The faculty in the Diagnostic Imaging Departments have agreed this format will be acceptable for citing medical reports in APA Style. This is for the 6th Edition of the APA style manual.


Citing a Medical Report

Use the following format when citing a patient medical record when writing papers or case reports. This citation is based on the 6th ed. APA rules for a technical report -- 7.03, p. 205. Section 6.28, p. 185 is also helpful with date information and Reference Examples 7-11, p. 200 also helps show date format.

How to Cite a Radiology Report -- Citation example 

Interpreting Physician (Year, Month date [Dictation Date]). Exam [italicized]. City: Facility.


Morris, L. (2020, January 12). Left forearm. Orlando: AdventHealth 

      Imaging Princeton.

Wilson, H.[Harriet]. (2019, May 22). Nuclear medicine bone scan. Orange City, FL:

      AdventHealth Fish Memorial.

Wilson, H. [Henry]. (2020, January 5). Right forearm. Orlando: AdventHealth

      Imaging Oviedo.


Remember these APA rules related to the References pages:


  • Invert all authors' names; give surnames and initials for up to and including 7 authors (e.g. Author, A.A., Author, B.B., &  Author, C.C.). From APA 6th ed., 6.27, p. 184.

  • If the reference list includes different authors with the same surname and first initial, the authors' full first names may be given in brackets. From APA 6th ed., 6.27, p. 184.

  • For books and reports the rules state: Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns; italicize the title. From APA 6th ed., 6.29, p. 185.

  • References page -- APA publishes references in a hanging indent format, meaning that the first line of each reference is set flush left and subsequent lines are indented. From APA 6th ed. 2.11, p. 37.