Bone erosion is a characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis. Commonly, erosion is not only used to monitor radiographic progression over time as well as therapy efficaciousness, it also helps to correctly diagnose the disease. However, there are further signs of pathological bone alterations and inflammation such as periarticular loss of bone structure, and bone marrow edema. Nowadays, treatment and diagnostic strategies do not only aim at tight disease control and treat to remission, but to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis already at a very early stage of the disease and to detect alterations in bone even before erosion have occurred.
The session will give an overview of the available modern imaging techniques, and of their strengths and weaknesses; after the session, the participant will have a clearer impression of when to use which imaging modality.
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