Indian Journal of Rheumatology

TECHNOLOGY IN RHEUMATOLOGY
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 140--146

Utility of in-office extremity magnetic resonance imaging in rheumatology


Ashish J Mathew1, Paul Bird2 
1 Dept of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
2 Division of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Paul Bird
Division of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Introduction: of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosis and management of in- flammatory arthritides has ushered robust changes in patient outcomes. The efficacy of MRI in detecting inflammation and damage together has raised the expectation of imaging in rheumatology. In-office extremity MRI (eMRI) systems, designed to image the peripheral joints of upper and lower extremities, are small enough to be used in clinics, have smaller fringe magnetic field, are less expensive, and reduce patient discomfort, with comparable diagnostic power. Though less sensitive in detecting osteitis, these systems have been shown to be effective in early diagnosis and monitoring of treatment outcome in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This review focuses on eMRI systems, outlining their principle, utility in different inflammatory arthritides, and shortcomings.


How to cite this article:
Mathew AJ, Bird P. Utility of in-office extremity magnetic resonance imaging in rheumatology.Indian J Rheumatol 2015;10:140-146


How to cite this URL:
Mathew AJ, Bird P. Utility of in-office extremity magnetic resonance imaging in rheumatology. Indian J Rheumatol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jul 6 ];10:140-146
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