Diagnostic studies

​We study the value of imaging in optimizing the diagnosis of patients with undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis and axial spondyloarthritis.​

​Rheumatoid arthritis

In one study, inflammation in the bone marrow close to the joint on magnetic resonance imaging predicted development of rheumatoid arthritis in patients with undifferentiated arthritis (Duer-Jensen et al., 2011).

Axial spondyloarthritis

In collaboration with international researchers, we have demonstrated that the presence of erosions in the sacroiliac joints but not fat lesions improves the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance imaging in patients suspected for axial spondyloarthritis (Weber et al., 2010). 

The diagnostic value of erosions and other lesions is being investigated in an ongoing study (by Pernille Hededal, ​associated PhD student) comprising selected groups of patients and healthy subjects, who are likely to have increased risk of sacroiliitis.

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