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A Better Look at Rheumatoid Arthritis

Using Imaging to Improve Patient Outcomes


2010 Rheumatoid arthritis classification criteria: an American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism collaborative initiative.

Aletaha D, et al. Arthritis Rheum. 2010;62(9):2569-2581.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity Measures: American College of Rheumatology recommendations for use in clinical practice.

Anderson J, et al. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012;64(5):640-647.

Recommendations of the ESSR Arthritis Subcommittee on Ultrasonography in Inflammatory Joint Disease.

Plagou A, et al. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2016;20(5):496-506.

American College of Rheumatology report on reasonable use of musculoskeletal ultrasonography in rheumatology clinical practice.

McAlindon T, et al. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012;64(11):1625-1640.

Patient and Provider Resources

American College of Rheumatology Disease Overview

The American College of Rheumatology has published a concise overview to help patients and caregivers learn more about rheumatoid arthritis and to provide tips for living well with this rheumatic disease.

American College of Rheumatology Patient Education Videos

The American College of Rheumatology has produced a library of videos about the impact of rheumatic disease, what to do when diagnosed with rheumatic disease, when to see a rheumatologist, and what patients have to say about their experiences of living with rheumatic disease.

Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation provides self-care tools and resources covering treatment options, pain management, diet and exercise, and common comorbidities associated with many different arthritic conditions.

Health Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis

A resource from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, as well as for their family members, friends, and others who want to find out more about this disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network provides up-to-date information for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, including links to patient support groups, blogs written by patients with rheumatoid arthritis, resources to help pay for medications, and smart device apps to help track symptoms over time.

American College of Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology

The American College of Rheumatology offers certification to individual physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who perform musculoskeletal ultrasound as part of their practice of rheumatology.

Suggested Readings

From a formal training program in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) to a high reproducibility for Doppler ultrasound in rheumatoid arthritis.

Villota O, et al. Curr Rheumatol Rev. July 2017.[Epub ahead of print.]

Rheumatoid arthritis revisited—advanced imaging review.

Vyas S, et al. Pol J Radiol. 2016;81:629-635.

Role of ultrasound in assessing remission in rheumatoid arthritis.

Ben Abdelghani K, et al. Diagn Interv Imaging. 2015;96(1):3-10.

Cytokine disturbances in systemic lupus erythematosus

Jacob N, Stohl W. Arthritis Res Ther. 2011;13:228.

Prevalence of ultrasound-detected residual synovitis and risk of relapse and structural progression in rheumatoid arthritis patients in clinical remission: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Garrigues F, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 2013;80(6):597-603.

Role of ultrasonography in diagnosing early rheumatoid arthritis and remission of rheumatoid arthritis—a systematic review of the literature.

Ten Cate DF, et al. Arthritis Res Ther. 2013;15(1):R4.

Reliability of ultrasonography to detect synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review of 35 studies (1,415 patients).

Cheung PP, et al. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010;62(3):323-334.

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

Krabben A, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014;73(11):2034-2037.

Biomarkers to guide clinical therapeutics in rheumatology?

Robinson WH, Mao R. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2016;28(2):168-175.

Quantitative power Doppler ultrasound measures of peripheral joint synovitis in poor prognosis early rheumatoid arthritis predict radiographic progression.

Sreerangaiah D, et al. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2016;55(1):89-93.

Ultrasound-guided synovial biopsy: a safe, well-tolerated and reliable technique for obtaining high-quality synovial tissue from both large and small joints in early arthritis patients.

Kelly S, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2015;74(3):611-617.

Intramuscular versus ultrasound-guided intratenosynovial glucocorticoid injection for tenosynovitis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a randomised, double-blind, controlled study.

Ammitzbøll-Danielsen M, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017;76(4):666-672.

Clinical and ultrasound-based composite disease activity indices in rheumatoid arthritis: results from a multicenter, randomized study.

Mandl P, et al. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013;65(6):879-887.

A systematic literature review analysis of ultrasound joint count and scoring systems to assess synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis according to the OMERACT filter.

Mandl P, et al. J Rheumatol. 2011;38(9):2055-2062.

Summary findings of a systematic literature review of the ultrasound assessment of bone erosions in rheumatoid arthritis.

Szkudlarek M, et al. J Rheumatol. 2017;44(1):130.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound training and competency assessment program for rheumatology fellows.

Kissin EY, et al. J Ultrasound Med. 2013;32(10):1735-1743.

Optimisation of a treat-to-target approach in rheumatoid arthritis: strategies for the 3-month time point.

Aletaha D, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016;75(8):1479-1485.

Increased prevalence and severity of radiographic hand osteoarthritis in patients with HIV-1 infection associated with metabolic syndrome: data from the cross-sectional METAFIB-OA study.

Tomi A, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016;75(12):2101-2107.

Imaging in rheumatoid arthritis.

Tan YK, Conaghan PG. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2011;25(4):569-584.

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