Imaging in ankylosing spondylitis

  • Joachim Sieper
  • Jürgen Braun


Radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for sacroiliac (SI) joints and the spine are the most important imaging techniques for the diagnosis and followup of patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA), including response to treatment. If other sites outside the axial skeleton are affected they can also be investigated by these methods. In general, radiographs should not be performed more frequently than every 2 years because (chronic) changes occur slowly and investigations with MRI can be used more frequently, according to the clinical situation.


Bone Marrow Oedema Fatty Degeneration Insufficiency Fracture Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Degenerative Spine Disease 


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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Sieper
    • 1
  • Jürgen Braun
    • 2
  1. 1.Charité University HospitalBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Rheumatology Center RuhrgebietHerneGermany

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