Imaging in Rheumatology


Picture This: New EULAR Imaging Recommendations in Large Vessel Vasculitis

March 01, 2018

Ultrasound, MRI, PET, CT, MRA, CTA: guidance here on when to use which imaging technique.

A New Framework for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology

October 02, 2017

EULAR developed a comprehensive but practical update describing standardized procedures.

MRI Measures of Synovitis in RA, a Valuable Endpoint

March 02, 2017

MRI measures appear to be on target with patient-reported outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis, researchers report in ARD.

Task Force: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Requires More Training

December 19, 2016

Ultrasound has become such an important diagnostic tool in rheumatology that experts recommend sonographers and physicians obtain the same level of training.

Rheumatology Research in Ultrasound and MRI is Lacking

March 11, 2016

Imaging technology has made clinical trials in rheumatology shorter and more sensitive, but more research is needed on how best to use ultrasound and MRI in practice.

Radiologic Damage Predicts Long-term Outcomes in Severe RA

October 27, 2015

Baseline radiologic damage can predict long-term patient-related outcomes in patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis.

How to Use Imaging in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

October 16, 2015

A task force of rheumatologists, radiologists and patients has developed nine points to consider in the clinical management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Sounding Out Arthritis #7: Ultrasound-Guided Knee Injection

June 10, 2015

This two-part video demonstrates how to use ultrasound to guide viscosupplementation or steroid injection of the arthritic knee, interspersed with the corresponding ultrasound images.

CPPD: Managing a Prevalent Predicament

June 02, 2015

Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease is many times more common than rheumatoid arthritis, but rarely studied and difficult to diagnose. Here an expert rheumatologist offers the basics for management today and prospects for the future.

Baseline Bone Erosions Are Prognostic Signs in RA

May 06, 2015

Bone erosions found at a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient’s baseline exam are harbingers of future joint damage and more severe disease. As to why this is so, new studies offer only hints.

Epidural Steroid Safety Advice Focuses on Imaging

April 24, 2015

A multidisciplinary group has issued guidelines for lowering the risk of neurological injuries tied to injections for short-term relief of radicular pain.

Free For All: Rheumatology Textbook by Cush, Kavanaugh, and Stein

April 02, 2015

Three eminent rheumatologists have posted their comprehensive textbook of rheumatology online, open-access and free. They are calling it Rheumaknowledgy.

Sounding Out Arthritis #6: Synovitis

December 19, 2014

Positioning of the probe is "three-quarters of the battle" in diagnosing synovitis of the wrist or hand, says Dr. DeMarco in this video. But gel technique and pressure are crucial to gaining accurate clinical information from ultrasound imaging of this condition.

Can IPhone Match Dermatoscope for Nailbed Exams?

December 16, 2014

TechTalk: In a recent Twitter exchange, rheumatologists discussed the potential of the Olloclip, a newly updated IPhone 6 lens, for on-the-spot clinical imaging.

MRI Successfully Gauges RA Treatment Response

November 25, 2014

MRI proves itself as a valuable tool for pinpointing inflammatory and structural damage in select rheumatoid arthritis patients.

New Scoring System Proposed for Knee Ultrasound

November 24, 2014

A proposed five-point system for diagnostic scoring of knee osteoarthritis by ultrasound could resolve problems of operator inconsistency.

Definite Differences in Diagnosis? My Best News From ACR2014

November 21, 2014

(ACR2014) Our rheumatologist correspondent found three issues of particular interest: a biomarker test that has gone quickly to market, new diagnostic criteria for gout, and the potential of ultrasound for Sjögren syndrome.

Looking Forward to ACR2014: My Picks From the Program

November 11, 2014

(ACR2014) What looks good at the forthcoming annual meeting of the ACR? One rheumatologist offers his expectations for useful revelations, if not clinical revolutions, in the coming week.

Imaging Beams Into Rheumatic Diseases of the Ancient Past

November 11, 2014

"Paleoradiology" has now disputed claims that ankylosing spondylitis plagued some royal Egyptians in antiquity. This is the latest of several revelations about the provenance of some rheumatic conditions, based on imaging of ancient remains.