Magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of rheumatoid arthritis--a comparison with plain film radiographs

Br J Rheumatol. 1991 Apr;30(2):101-6. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/30.2.101.


Conventional radiography lacks sensitivity in early rheumatoid disease. MRI with its advantages of soft tissue discrimination and multiplanar imaging facility might detect earlier disease. This study compares the MR images and conventional radiographs of 11 rheumatoid patients' wrists and carpi. In all cases, erosions were more extensive and numerous on the MR images compared to plain radiographs. MR is useful in detecting early aggressive disease and in monitoring the response to treatments.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Hand / diagnostic imaging
  • Hand / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Wrist / diagnostic imaging
  • Wrist / pathology