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Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Print version ISSN 0482-5004
MOTA, Licia Maria Henrique da et al. Imaging diagnosis of early rheumatoid arthritis. Rev. Bras. Reumatol. [online]. 2012, vol.52, n.5, pp.761-766. ISSN 0482-5004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0482-50042012000500010.
Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is essential for its proper management. Currently, the initial phase of rheumatoid arthritis is known to provide a window of therapeutic opportunity. Although the diagnosis is primarily clinical, the development and improvement of laboratory and imaging methods have contributed to earlier diagnosis and determination of procedures in early rheumatoid arthritis. In this article, the authors review the role of the major imaging methods used for assessing early rheumatoid arthritis, especially conventional radiography, ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging.
Keywords : early rheumatoid arthritis; conventional radiography; ultrasonography; magnetic resonance imaging.