Imaging features of soft-tissue calcifications and related diseases: A systematic approach

Zhen An Hwang, Kyung Jin Suh, Dillon Chen, Wing P. Chan, Jim S. Wu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Soft-tissue calcification refers to a broad category of lesions. Calcifications are frequently identified by radiologists in daily practice. Using a simple algorithm based on the distribution pattern of the lesions and detailed clinical information, these calcified lesions can be systematically evaluated. The distribution pattern of the calcific deposits enables initial division into calcinosis circumscripta and calcinosis universalis. Using laboratory test results (serum calcium and phosphate levels) and clinical history, calcinosis circumscripta can be further categorized into four subtypes: dystrophic, iatrogenic, metastatic, and idiopathic calcification. This pictorial essay presents a systematic approach to the imaging features of soft-tissue calcifications and related diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1160
Number of pages14
JournalKorean Journal of Radiology
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • Calcification
  • Radiograph
  • Soft tissue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

Cite this