Summary findings of a systematic review of the ultrasound assessment of synovitis

Fredrick Joshua*, Marissa Lassere, George A. Bruyn, Marcin Szkudlarek, Esperanza Naredo, Wolfgang A. Schmidt, Peter Balint, Emilio Filippucci, Marina Backhaus, Annamaria Iagnocco, Alexander K. Scheel, David Kane, Walter Grassi, Philip G. Conaghan, Richard J. Wakefield, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino

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This report presents the results of a recent systematic review performed by the OMERACT Ultrasound Group on the metric properties of ultrasound for the detection of synovitis in inflammatory arthritis. Reviews were conducted for the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee, ankle, and foot; most reports were related to the hand and knee, and the most common disease process was rheumatoid arthritis. The review highlights the current gaps in the literature, including a lack of reliability data with respect to intra-occasion and intra- and inter-reader reliability. Current work by our group is addressing these issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-847
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Synovitis
  • Systematic review
  • Ultrasound


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