Fast Five Quiz: Presentation and Diagnosis of Systemic Sclerosis

Dirk M. Elston, MD


October 09, 2019

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy detects metabolites. Among its uses is differentiation among brain tumors and between tumor progression and radiation necrosis.

In addition to identifying fibrosis at the base of the lungs, chest radiography can also detect ground-glass and honeycomb lung patterns, of which the latter is irreversible.

Doppler echocardiography is used to detect cardiac abnormalities. Diseases on the left and right sides of the heart are common in patients with SSc. Diastolic dysfunction is the most common cardiac finding.

High-resolution CT is used to detect thickening of the alveolar walls and intestinal tissue and honeycomb appearance in the lungs.

To learn more about imaging studies for SSc, click here.

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