The role of ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging in early rheumatoid arthritis

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2003 Sep-Oct;21(5 Suppl 31):S42-9.


Advances in ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques have provided new methods for evaluating early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Their diagnostic properties in terms of detecting primary pathology of RA (i.e., erosions, bone changes, synovitis, tenosynovitis, and effusion) are reviewed. High-resolution US plays a significant role in therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. MRI also assists in the understanding of RA pathogenesis and joint mechanics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / pathology*
  • Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / standards*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / trends
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler / standards*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler / trends