Radiographic features that are assessed in the evaluation of arthritis

What are the radiographic features that are assessed in the evaluation of arthritis?

A common technique of radiographic interpretation includes evaluation of the “ABCDs” of arthritis.

  • • lignment of joints is assessed, including presence of subluxations and dislocations.
  • • ones are carefully assessed for changes in mineralization, presence of erosions, and presence of new bone production (subchondral sclerosis, osteophytes, periostitis).
  • • artilage is indirectly evaluated on radiographs. Joint space narrowing and subchondral bony changes imply presence of cartilage disease.
  • • istribution (proximal vs. distal, symmetry, involvement of specific joints, regions affected within a joint) of the disease process is assessed to better characterize the specific underlying disease process.
  • • oft tissues are evaluated for presence and pattern of swelling and for presence of calcifications.

Sign up to receive the trending updates and tons of Health Tips

Join SeekhealthZ and never miss the latest health information