Which imaging modalities are helpful in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2019
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Potentially useful imaging modalities include the following:

  • Radiography (first choice): Hands, wrists, knees, feet, elbows, shoulders, hips, cervical spine, and other joints as indicated

  • Magnetic resonance imaging: Primarily cervical spine

  • Ultrasonography of joints: Joints, as well as tendon sheaths, changes and degree of vascularization of the synovial membrane, and even erosions


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