239 - Peripheral Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Rheumatology Practice

Session Type: ACR Workshops
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
W180 (McCormick Place West)

Session Overview:
Increasing amounts of data on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in rheumatoid arthritis and other arthritides are emerging, and the technique is increasingly used in clinical trials and practice. Basic knowledge on the MRI in rheumatology is therefore very relevant for the practicing rheumatologist. This session will describe and illustrate the most common types of MR-images and the appearance of the most common joint pathologies on these. The session will also describe available guides to MRI-assessment of arthritic joints, and inform on the rationale and evidence for using MRI in clinical practice, with a special focus on advantages, disadvantages and potential of using low-cost dedicated extremity MRI in daily clinical practice. The session will include an interactive MRI image evaluation part.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • recognize the most common types of magnetic resonance images (as T1- and T2-weighted, fat-saturated, STIR and contrast-enhanced), and the appearance of the most common joint pathologies on these
  • discuss the rationale and evidence for using magnetic resonance imaging in clinical practice
  • identify the advantages and disadvantages of dedicated extremity magnetic resonance imaging

Speakers: Philip G. Conaghan, MD, PhD, University of Leeds and Mikkel Ostergaard, MD, PhD, DMSc, Glostrup Hospital
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