European Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 344–351

Basic differential diagnosis of arthritis

Musculoskeletal radiology, Review article

DOI: 10.1007/s003300050165

Cite this article as:
Watt, I. Eur Radiol (1997) 7: 344. doi:10.1007/s003300050165


This article outlines an approach to basic plain-film diagnosis and differential diagnosis of the arthritides. It advocates the use of an analysis of which part of the joint is involved, and works through a logical sequence to reach a final diagnosis. It recommends the concept of dividing up the arthritides into those in which the radiological effects predominantly affect synovium, cartilage or the enthesis.

Key words: ArthritisPlain X-raysDifferential diagnosis

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Watt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Radiology, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW, UKGB