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

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

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)1147-1160
Number of pages14
JournalKorean Journal of Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018


  • Calcification
  • Radiograph
  • Soft tissue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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