Magnetic resonance imaging in osteoarthritis: which method best reflects synovial membrane inflammation?. Correlations with clinical, macroscopic and microscopic features

  • Loeuille D
  • Rat A
  • Goebel J
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Objectives: : To study synovial membrane (SM) inflammation near the patella with different magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approaches performed using a T1-injected sequence in knee osteoarthritis (OA), and to compare MRI results with macroscopic, microscopic and clinical findings. Methods: Fifteen patients fulfilling American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for knee OA and requiring joint lavage completed a functional index (Lequesne's functional index) and a pain visual analog scale (VAS). SM inflammation near the patella was assessed on axial fat saturation post-injected T1 MRI images using three different methods: (1) semi-quantitative score = MRI synovitis score; (2) synovial membrane volume (SMV) analysis; (3) SMV with low (SMVL) (

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  • MRI
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Synovial membrane inflammation

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