Imaging in rheumatoid arthritis: Results of group discussions

Esmeralda T.H. Molenaar*, Maarten Boers, Désirée M.F.M. Van Der Heijde, Graciela Alarcón, Barry Bresnihan, Mario Cardiel, John Edmonds, David Felson, Daniel E. Furst, John Kirwan, Marissa Lassere, Harold Paulus, Rolf Rau, Piet L.C.M. Van Riel, David Scott, Lee Simon, Vibeke Strand

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-751
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 1999


  • Larsen method
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Radiographs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scoring methods
  • Sharp method

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