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

Utility of in-office extremity magnetic resonance imaging in rheumatology

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

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

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DOI: 10.1016/j.injr.2015.06.002

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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.

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