Graves'orbitopathy : current imaging procedures

Kirsch, Eberhard and Hammer, Beat and von Arx, Georg. (2009) Graves'orbitopathy : current imaging procedures. Swiss medical weekly : official journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Pneumology, Vol. 139. pp. 618-623.

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In patients with Graves' orbitopathy (GO), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a valuable tool to distinguish the acute inflammatory active disease from fibrotic, inactive end stage disease in demonstrating interstitial oedema within the extraocular muscles on coronal TIRM-sequences. MRI is the modality of choice to identify active inflammatory changes and to assess any immunomodulatory treatment response. MRI is always required in doubtful cases, as e.g., asymmetrical orbital involvement, to exclude any other orbital pathology and the clinical suspicion of dysthyroid optic nerve compression in Graves' orbitopathy. Computed tomography (CT) provides precise imaging of the osseous periorbital structures, but does not reveal information on the disease activity in most cases. It is therefore the method of choice to plan CT-guided orbital decompression surgery in the inactive phase of GO.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Querschnittsfächer (Klinik) > Radiologie USB
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Querschnittsfächer (Klinik) > Radiologie USB
UniBasel Contributors:Kirsch, Eberhard
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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