The ideal aim of treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is to suppress synovial inflammation and to stop or reduce structural joint damage progression. To evaluate joint damage in RA, radiographic assessment of hands and feet is the traditional method. Nevertheless, plain film radiography can only evaluate bone damage (erosion) and, indirectly, joint cartilage. Magnetic resonance imaging presents important advantages since allows to study, not only the cortical bone and the marrow, but also the synovial membrane, tendon and ligament structures, and adjacent soft tissue that usually are involved in early disease. Moreover, hand-magnetic resonance (h-MRI) has shown to be more sensitive than plain radiography in detecting early erosions and predicting progression of bone damage, allowing a rapid diagnosis and to start the most efficient therapy as well as to achieve better outcomes for this disease.
- Magnetic resonance imaging of the hand
- Methodology and diagnostic
- Rheumatoid arthritis