MRI-detected subclinical joint inflammation is associated with radiographic progression.

@article{Krabben2014MRIdetectedSJ,
  title={MRI-detected subclinical joint inflammation is associated with radiographic progression.},
  author={Annemarie Krabben and Wouter Stomp and J.A.B. van Nies and T. W. J. Huizinga and D{\'e}sir{\'e}e Mfm van der Heijde and Johan L. Bloem and Monique Reijnierse and A.H.M. van der Helm-van Mil},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2014},
  volume={73 11},
  pages={2034-7}
}
BACKGROUND We recently demonstrated that MRI inflammation is prevalent in clinically non-swollen joints of early arthritis patients. In this study, we assessed the relevance of this subclinical inflammation with regard to radiographic progression. METHODS 1130 joints (unilateral metacarpophalangeal 2-5, wrist and metatarsophalangeal 1-5) of 113 early arthritis patients underwent clinical examination and 1.5 T MRI at baseline, and radiographs at baseline and 1 year. Two readers scored the MRIs… CONTINUE READING