Role of Imaging in the Diagnosis of Large and Medium-Sized Vessel Vasculitis

Nicolò Pipitone, Annibale Versari, Gene G. Hunder, Carlo Salvarani

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In large-vessel vasculitis, imaging studies are useful to document temporal artery involvement and crucial to show large-vessel involvement. Color Doppler sonography, magnetic resonance, and computed tomography show early vasculitic lesions. Angiography delineates later vascular complications well. Color Doppler sonography, magnetic resonance angiography, and computed tomography angiography can also be used to show vascular luminal changes. Positron emission tomography is very sensitive in detecting large-vessel inflammation. Imaging procedures can also be used to monitor the course of large-vessel vasculitis. In medium-vessel vasculitis, imaging studies can be used to show both vascular changes and internal organ changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-608
Number of pages16
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Tomography radiograph computed
  • Ultrasonography
  • Vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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