The role of magnetic resonance imaging in evaluating patients with inflammatory arthritides has evolved with the recent introduction of drugs capable of modifying disease activity and natural history. In conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, active synovitis and bone marrow inflammation precede and predict bone and cartilage erosion. These imaging findings identify patients who can be treated early and aggressively to prevent future morbidity. Similarly, in gout and other crystalline disorders, specific diagnosis aided by imaging may lead to earlier medical and surgical management. Infected joints need the most rapid identification to institute immediate therapy and prevent irreversible cartilage destruction.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - May 1 2011|
- MR imaging
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Septic arthritis