Table 2

Time required for microscopic measurement of inflammation in the synovial membrane

Parameter of inflammationConventional microscopy (min)Computerised image analysis (min)p value
meanrangemeanrange
Lining layer thickness2.01–33.72–60.4
CD8+ cell infiltration17.46–3115.93–650.28
CD3+ cell infiltration22.54–4212.23–400.38
Vascularity4.32–1011.62–270.09