Imaging in reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Hand Clin. 1997 Aug;13(3):431-42.


The diagnosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) relies on clinical evaluation, scintigraphy or MR imaging, and routine radiographs. Because RSD has variable manifestations with a strong psychogenic overlap, it is desirable to have a noninvasive test to determine the presence of RSD to allow for appropriate treatment. MR imaging allows a differential diagnosis between RSD and other bone lesions. It proves to be a reliable technique in showing and characterizing RSD better than radiographic examination and radionuclide study.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Hand / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Radiography
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / diagnosis*
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / diagnostic imaging