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An MRI Study of Bone Erosions Healing in the Wrist and Metacarpophalangeal Joints of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Francesca BarbieriEmail author
  • Veronica Tomatis
  • Giuseppe Zampogna
  • Elena Aleo
  • Valentina Prono
  • Stefania Migone
  • Patrizia Parascandolo
  • Lorenzo Cesario
  • Gianni Viano
  • Marco Amedeo Cimmino
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9281)

Abstract

Bone erosions, considered the hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are shown more accurately by MRI than by conventional radiography (CR). Erosions healing is exceptional when studied by CR. This study is concerned with an extremity-dedicated MRI evaluation of erosion changes in patients with RA followed over time. Wrist and metacarpo-phalangeal (MCP) joints of 57 RA patients were imaged with a dedicated-extremity, 0.2 T MRI at baseline and follow up. A decrease of the RAMRIS erosion score indicating erosion healing, calculated both by conventional visual judgement and by a semi-automated method, was seen in 7 (12.3%) patients at the wrist and in 3 (5.3%) at the MCPs. In the same locations, RAMRIS was unchanged in 17 (29.8%) and 31 (54.4%) patients, and worsened in 33 (57.9%) and 17 (29.8%), respectively. Healing of erosions occurs, although rarely, in patients with RA when studied with sensitive imaging techniques, such as MRI.

Keywords

Rheumatoid arthritis Magnetic resonance imaging Erosion Bone Bone segmentation Rheumascore 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Barbieri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Veronica Tomatis
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Zampogna
    • 1
  • Elena Aleo
    • 2
  • Valentina Prono
    • 2
  • Stefania Migone
    • 2
  • Patrizia Parascandolo
    • 3
  • Lorenzo Cesario
    • 3
  • Gianni Viano
    • 3
  • Marco Amedeo Cimmino
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Medicina InternaClinica ReumatologicaGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Divisione di RadiologiaUniversità di GenovaGenoaItaly
  3. 3.Softeco Sismat S.r.l.GenoaItaly

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