Imaging in rheumatoid arthritis: results of group discussions

J Rheumatol. 1999 Mar;26(3):749-51.


None of the current scoring methods for radiological damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is ideal. The objective for RA imaging at OMERACT IV was to start discussion about the problems and applicability of the current scoring methods for radiological damage and to start discussion on the challenge of new imaging techniques. The RA imaging module comprised preconference reading material, plenary sessions, small group discussions, and a plenary report of the group sessions, combined with interactive voting. The OMERACT filter guided the discussions. Priorities for further research in imaging studies were: (1) pathologies versus features on radiographs; (2) relation with longterm outcome; and (3) definition of minimum clinically important difference.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy
  • Arthrography
  • Disease Progression
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Rheumatology / methods*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome