Update on research and future directions of the OMERACT MRI Inflammatory Arthritis Group
Conaghan PG., McQueen FM., Bird P., Peterfy CG., Haavardsholm EA., Gandjbakhch F., Byøesen P., Coates L., Ejbjerg B., Eshed I., Foltz V., Hermann KG., Freeston J., Lillegraven S., Lassere M., Wiell C., Anandarajah A., Duer-Jensen A., O'Connor P., Genant HK., Emery P., Søtergaard M.
The OMERACT Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Task Force has developed and evolved the psoriatic arthritis MRI score (PsAMRIS) over the last few years, and at OMERACT 10, presented longitudinal evaluation by multiple readers, using PsA datasets obtained from extremity MRI magnets. Further evaluation of this score will require more PsA imaging datasets. As well, due to improved image resolution since the development of the original rheumatoid arthritis MRI scoring system (RAMRIS), the Task Force has worked on semiquantitative assessment of joint space narrowing, and developed a reliable method as a potential RAMRIS addendum, although responsiveness will need to be evaluated. One of the strengths of MRI is the ability to detect subclinical synovitis, so the group worked on obtaining low disease activity/clinical remission datasets from a number of international centers and presented cross-sectional findings. Subsequent longitudinal evaluation of this unique resource will be a major continuing focus for the group. The Journal of Rheumatology Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.