ARRS 2022 Abstracts


E1956. Rheumatologic Disease of the Brain, Spine, Head, and Neck: A Pictorial Review
  1. Robert Swanson; VCU Health Department of Radiology
  2. Mohammad Gharavi; VCU Health Department of Radiology
Rheumatologic diseases are commonly encountered in the everyday practice of medicine. Being comfortable with a variety of different imaging presentations is important, especially in the field of neuroradiology. For example, recognizing imaging features of different vascular conditions, i.e., granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), and relaying these findings to clinicians can aide in the diagnosis, along with clinical and laboratory findings. This pictorial review is for radiology residents in training and attending radiologists. It will focus on and review rheumatologic diseases in neuroradiology.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
The goals of this exhibit are to review pathophysiology of rheumatologic diseases that are imaged in everyday practice and explore the most common radiologic appearances of rheumatologic disease with special focus on brain, spine, head, and neck.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
The exhibit includes brain, spine, head, and neck imaging, with a focus on the imaging of rheumatologic disease. Image modalities include but are not limited to CT and MRI.

Being familiar with the image findings of rheumatologic disease is paramount for the neuroradiologist, as well as the general radiologist, in assisting our clinical colleagues in determining the correct diagnoses.