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Interpreting radiographic data in rheumatoid arthritis


Plain film radiography is the preferred method for evaluating disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis and for establishing the efficacy of new disease modifying antirheumatic agents. However, the relative efficacy of these agents cannot be determined by comparing radiographic data from different studies, and a standardised system is needed.

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • radiography
  • disease modifying antirheumatic drugs
  • DMARDs, disease modifying antirheumatic drugs
  • FDA, Food and Drug Administration
  • MTX, methotrexate
  • NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • RA, rheumatoid arthritis

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