Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging in inflammatory diseases: Where are we now? Results of an International Survey by the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology

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  • Chiara Giraudo, University of Padova
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  • Frederic E. Lecouvet, Université catholique de Louvain
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  • Anne Cotten, Université de Lille
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  • Iris Eshed, Tel Aviv University
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  • Lennart Jans, Ghent University
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  • Anne Grethe Jurik
  • Mario Maas, University of Amsterdam
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  • Michael Weber, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy, Medical University of Vienna
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  • Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, National Institute of Geriatrics, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation

Purpose: To investigate the current role of WB-MRI for rheumatic inflammatory diseases in clinical practice using a survey addressed to musculoskeletal radiologists. Methods: A survey composed of 61 questions, subdivided in three sections, demographics (five questions), application of WB-MRI for inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases in adults and children (28 questions: 7 open and 21 multiple choice for each subgroup) was distributed via the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESSR) from July 2 to December 31, 2018 to radiologists working in academic, private, and public workplaces. Comparisons among the different workplaces were performed using the Chi-squared and the Kruskal-Wallis test for nominal and ordinal data, respectively (p < 0.05). Results: Seventy-two participants out of the 1779 (4%) members of the ESSR with 10.4 ± 7.9 years of experience in musculoskeletal imaging, replied to at least one question. 30.6% and 12.3% of the respondents performed at least 50 WB-MRI examinations per year in adults and children, respectively. The most frequent indications were myositis in adults and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) in children, the latter mostly in academic centers (p = 0.013). The ESSR Arthrits Subcommitte's protocol was applied by half of the participants and especially radiologists working in private practice used it for adults (p = 0.025). Contrast medium was rarely used for adults particularly by academics (p = 0.04). Diffusion Weighted Imaging was applied for children mostly in private practice (p = 0.01) although, overall, it plays a marginal role. Scoring systems were rarely used. Ongoing research is limited. Conclusion: WB-MRI is not routinely applied for musculoskeletal inflammatory diseases. The most frequent indications are myositis and CRMO.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Radiology
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2021

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(alphabetic order): Dimitri Amiras, Oskar W Angenete, Andrii Bachun, Fabio Becce, Mikael Boesen, CF Chan, Maria Antonietta Clemente, David Correia, Danoob Dalili, Goran Djuricic, Giulia Ercolino, Rustam Fayzullaev, Sorin Ghiea, Dorota Grochowska, Kay G Hermann, Robert Hemke, Nele Herregods, Hirschmann, Lennart Jans, Jacob Jaremko, Monica Khanna, Benedikt Kislinger, Andrea Klauser, Mies Korteweg, Volker Lapczynski, Young Han Lee, Bob Lopez, Christos Loupatatzis, Vasco Mascarenhas, Petru Matusz, Falk Miese, William Morrison, Edwin Oei, Monica Ostrowska, Olympia Papakonstantinou, Giulio Pasquotti, Patrick Omoumi, Paolo Simoni, James Teh, Ivanka Tommer, Bogdan Tudose, Filip Vanhoenacker, Kai Vilanova, Annja T Viset, Robert Wach, Tomas Xavier.

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