Radiographic assessment of disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1991 Aug;17(3):471-85.


The role that radiography plays in the assessment of disease has been a subject of controversy over the last two decades. Significant problems continue to exist with radiographic assessment. These include (1) technical variables, (2) interpretational variables, (3) clinical variables, and (4) pathophysiologic variables. Unless these problems are recognized and fully understood by the interpreting physician, the "gold standard" quickly can become "fool's gold."

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / pathology
  • Finger Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Finger Joint / pathology
  • Humans
  • Metacarpophalangeal Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Metacarpophalangeal Joint / pathology
  • Radiography
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Wrist Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Wrist Joint / pathology