What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of nonarticular rheumatism/regional pain syndromes?

Updated: Apr 04, 2018
  • Author: T P Sudha Rao, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Plain radiographs may show calcific tendonitis. However, these may or may not correlate with clinical symptoms.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to delineate rotator cuff disruption at the shoulder and to distinguish tendinitis from intra-articular synovitis. Otherwise, imaging is not necessary unless indicated by history findings or abnormalities found on physical examination.


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