The OMERACT Ultrasound Task Force - Advances and priorities

Maria Antonietta D'Agostino*, Philip G. Conaghan, Esperanza Naredo, Philippe Aegerter, Annamaria Iagnocco, Jane E. Freeston, Emilio Filippucci, Ingrid Moller, Carlos Pineda, Frederick Joshua, Marina Backhaus, Helen I. Keen, Gurjeet Kaeley, Hans Rudolf Zisweiler, Wolfgang A. Schmidt, Peter V. Balint, George A W Bruyn, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, David Kane, Marcin SzkudlarekLene Terslev, Richard J. Wakefield

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This article reports the most recent work of the OMERACT Ultrasound Task Force (post OMERACT 8) and highlights of future research priorities discussed at the OMERACT 9 meeting, Kananaskis, Canada, May 2008. Results of 3 studies were presented: (1) assessing intermachine reliability; (2) applying the scoring system developed in the hand to other joints most commonly affected in rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and (3) assessing interobserver reliability on a deep target joint (shoulder). Results demonstrated good intermachine reliability between multiple examiners, and good applicability of the scoring system for the hand on other joints (including shoulder). Study conclusions were discussed and a future research agenda was generated, notably the further development of a Global OMERACT Sonography Scoring (GLOSS) system in RA, emphasizing the importance of testing feasibility and added value over standard clinical variables. Future disease areas of importance to develop include a scoring system for enthesitis and osteoarthritis. The Journal of Rheumatology

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1829-1832
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Intermachine reliability
  • Research agenda
  • Scoring system
  • Ultrasound


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