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Imaging neoangiogenesis in rheumatoid arthritis (INIRA): whole-body synovial uptake of a 99mTc-labelled RGD peptide is highly correlated with power Doppler ultrasound

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  • Handling editor Josef S Smolen

  • Contributors The lead author wrote the letter with guidance from Dr Toby Garrood and Professor Andrew Cope. Matthew Morrison on behalf of GE Healthcare provided the tracer used for the study. The tracer is now owned by SERAC Healthcare. All other authors were involved in the study by way of recruiting patients and/or analysing data. Coauthors have approved the letter submitted.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests MM is an employee of GE Healthcare who at the time of the study were the owners of the 99mTc-maraciclatide tracer. The tracer is now owned by SERAC Healthcare. GC is offered non-financial support from GE Healthcare. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust has a United States use patent for 99mTc-maraciclatide issued on 26th March 2020. TG became a shareholder in Serac Healthcare on 8th April 2020.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting or dissemination plans of this research. Refer to the Methods section for further details.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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