Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know Enough About Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


December 05, 2019

Radiography remains the first choice for imaging in rheumatoid arthritis; it is inexpensive, readily available, and easily reproducible, and it allows easy serial comparison for assessment of disease progression.

MRI provides a more accurate assessment and earlier detection of lesions than radiography does; however, the cost of the examination and the small size of the joints involved militate against its widespread use.

Ultrasonography of joints can detect small effusions that are not clinically apparent, and its use is increasing in clinical practice; however, its use is not presently the standard of care for rheumatoid arthritis.

For more about the workup of rheumatoid arthritis, read here.


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.