The OMERACT Ultrasound Group

Status of current activities and research directions

Richard J. Wakefield, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino, Anna Maria Iagnocco, Emilio Filippucci, Marina Backhaus, Alexander K. Scheel, Fredrick Joshua, Esperanza Naredo, Wolfgang A. Schmidt, Walter Grassi, Ingrid Moller, Carlos Pineda, Andrea Klauser, Marcin Szkudlarek, Lene Terslev, P. Bálint, George A W Bruyn, Wijnand A A Swen, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, David Kane & 4 others Juhani M. Koski, Philip O'Connor, Sanja Milutinovic, Philip G. Conaghan

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Abstract

Ultrasound (US) is a relatively new imaging modality in rheumatology that offers great potential as a diagnostic and management tool. In 2004, an OMERACT Ultrasound Special Interest Group was formed to address the metric qualities of US as a potential outcome measure. A preliminary systematic review highlighted the deficiencies in the literature, particularly with regard to the reliability of interpreting and acquiring images; as a consequence, a number of exercises were proposed to address these issues. This report describes a series of iterative studies that have resulted in improved intra- and inter-reader reliability for detecting and scoring synovitis from both static and real-time images of the hand joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The reliability of acquiring images was also enhanced using standardized positions. Future studies will assess the value of US in clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-851
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

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Hand Joints
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Synovitis
Rheumatology
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
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Keywords

  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Reliability
  • Ultrasonography
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology

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Wakefield, R. J., D'Agostino, M. A., Iagnocco, A. M., Filippucci, E., Backhaus, M., Scheel, A. K., ... Conaghan, P. G. (2007). The OMERACT Ultrasound Group: Status of current activities and research directions. Journal of Rheumatology, 34(4), 848-851.

The OMERACT Ultrasound Group : Status of current activities and research directions. / Wakefield, Richard J.; D'Agostino, Maria Antonietta; Iagnocco, Anna Maria; Filippucci, Emilio; Backhaus, Marina; Scheel, Alexander K.; Joshua, Fredrick; Naredo, Esperanza; Schmidt, Wolfgang A.; Grassi, Walter; Moller, Ingrid; Pineda, Carlos; Klauser, Andrea; Szkudlarek, Marcin; Terslev, Lene; Bálint, P.; Bruyn, George A W; Swen, Wijnand A A; Jousse-Joulin, Sandrine; Kane, David; Koski, Juhani M.; O'Connor, Philip; Milutinovic, Sanja; Conaghan, Philip G.

In: Journal of Rheumatology, Vol. 34, No. 4, 04.2007, p. 848-851.

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Wakefield, RJ, D'Agostino, MA, Iagnocco, AM, Filippucci, E, Backhaus, M, Scheel, AK, Joshua, F, Naredo, E, Schmidt, WA, Grassi, W, Moller, I, Pineda, C, Klauser, A, Szkudlarek, M, Terslev, L, Bálint, P, Bruyn, GAW, Swen, WAA, Jousse-Joulin, S, Kane, D, Koski, JM, O'Connor, P, Milutinovic, S & Conaghan, PG 2007, 'The OMERACT Ultrasound Group: Status of current activities and research directions', Journal of Rheumatology, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 848-851.
Wakefield RJ, D'Agostino MA, Iagnocco AM, Filippucci E, Backhaus M, Scheel AK et al. The OMERACT Ultrasound Group: Status of current activities and research directions. Journal of Rheumatology. 2007 Apr;34(4):848-851.
Wakefield, Richard J. ; D'Agostino, Maria Antonietta ; Iagnocco, Anna Maria ; Filippucci, Emilio ; Backhaus, Marina ; Scheel, Alexander K. ; Joshua, Fredrick ; Naredo, Esperanza ; Schmidt, Wolfgang A. ; Grassi, Walter ; Moller, Ingrid ; Pineda, Carlos ; Klauser, Andrea ; Szkudlarek, Marcin ; Terslev, Lene ; Bálint, P. ; Bruyn, George A W ; Swen, Wijnand A A ; Jousse-Joulin, Sandrine ; Kane, David ; Koski, Juhani M. ; O'Connor, Philip ; Milutinovic, Sanja ; Conaghan, Philip G. / The OMERACT Ultrasound Group : Status of current activities and research directions. In: Journal of Rheumatology. 2007 ; Vol. 34, No. 4. pp. 848-851.
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