Doctors have long maintained that these radiography scans can be valuable in assesing the stages of lymphedema and in understand the physiology of a lymphedematous leg. However, this remain tremendously difficult for several reasons.
First, not many doctors appear to be well trained to interpret these scans in as much as lymphedema is concerned.
Secondly, even if a doctor was able to interpret a CT scan, there really is no specific diagnostic criteria for such a diagnoses or staging.
Notice too, in the study, the comments regarding the difference between the description of a primary lymphedema thigh versus a secondary one.
The abstract follows: