Background Ultrasound (US) can anticipate joint damage better than DAS28 , correlates well with MRI  and can be of value determining persistence of EIA .
US scoring systems aim to standardise risk assessment. US10 risk score showed clinical utility in predicting benefit from early biologic therapy . The US7 score reflects arthritis therapeutic response . No study has directly compared these US scores.
Objectives Compare measurement performance of US7 and US10 scores in assessing EIA.
Methods 32 EIA patients were examined by 2 trained musculoskeletal US Rheumatologists. 52 DAS28 scores and US7/US10 risk assessments were completed. Inter-observer variability was assessed by intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Criterion validity assessed by Pearson correlation with DAS28.
Results Mean age 57 (SD=14), 24/32 (75%) female, 28/32 (87.5%) anti-CCP positive, 27/32 (84%) RF positive. Inter-observer variability (ICC) for US10 and US7 were 0.57 (P<0.0001) and 0.73 (P<0.0001) respectively. DAS28 correlation with US7 (r=0.335, P=0.018) and US10 (r=0.095, P=0.514). US7 and US10 correlated with swollen joint count (r=0.499, P=0.000) and (r=0.368, P=0.006). The addition of wrist US improved DAS28 correlation with US10 (r=0.255, p=0.077).
Conclusions Inter-observer variability is moderate to good with US7 and US10. US7 and US10 correlates with SJC. US7 score in comparison with US10, correlates with the DAS28. Addition of wrist US score to US10 improved correlation with DAS28. This could be a more time effective method to stratify patients if feet assessment is not feasible.
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