Graphic of MRI scan and spirometry being conducted

Scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease (ILD) is diagnosed by doing breathing tests or taking imaging of your lungs.

If you have scleroderma, you may get ILD. During your check-ups, your doctor might listen to your lungs using a stethoscope. If they hear anything that they think is concerning, or if you’ve been having breathing issues, they may recommend you get further testing to see if you have ILD.

The two main tests that are used to diagnose ILD are:

  • Spirometry – a breathing test that sees how much air you inhale and exhale
  • High-resolution computed tomography (CT) – a type of picture of your lungs

A doctor will look at the results from these tests and decide if they think you have ILD or not.


ILD is diagnosed using breathing tests and pictures of your chest