Systemic Sclerosis in Young People: Imaging Improves Diagnosis

Author: Alisa Woods
Date Published: January-2015
Source: Pulmonary Hypertension News

Radiologists are essential for diagnosis and further testing of pediatric patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), according to a report published by researchers at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle. The paper, titled Multimodality Thoracic Imaging of Juvenile Systemic Sclerosis: Emphasis on Clinical Correlation and High-Resolution CT of Pulmonary Fibrosis, appeared in the February 2015 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. SSc is disease of the connective tissue that involves many different parts of the body. It is characterized by abnormal blood vessels (vasculopathy) and fibrosis — the thickening and scarring of connective tissue.