The role of radiology in the management of systemic sclerosis Academic Article uri icon


  • Systemic sclerosis is a multisystem connective tissue disorder. Radiology plays an integral part in its management, guiding the clinician concerning the onset and severity of visceral involvement. After skin involvement, the gastrointestinal tract is the most commonly affected system; contrast radiography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) play a role in diagnosis. Non-specific interstitial pneumonia is the most frequent respiratory disease and high-resolution computed tomography (CT) is the cornerstone of management. In common with other rheumatic disorders, the role of cardiac MRI is expanding. Radiography remains the main technique in the investigation of skeletal involvement, although MRI is useful as a problem-solving tool. Neurological involvement is increasingly recognized and the major role of radiology is the exclusion of coexistent pathology. We present a thorough review of the role of radiology in the management of systemic sclerosis.


  • Madani, G
  • Katz, RD
  • Haddock, JA
  • Denton, CP
  • Bell, JR

publication date

  • September 2008