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Front Med (Lausanne). 2018 Apr 17;5:106. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2018.00106. eCollection 2018.

The Role of Imaging in Diagnosing Axial Spondyloarthritis.

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Rheumathology Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, Lisbon Academic Medical Centre, Lisbon, Portugal.
Rheumazentrum Ruhrgebiet Herne, Ruhr-University Bochum, Herne, Germany.


Imaging has a central role in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). For the early diagnosis of axSpA, magnetic resonance imaging is of utmost relevance. While no novel imaging techniques were developed during the past decade, improvements to the existing modalities have been introduced. This report provides an overview of the applications and limitations of the existing imaging modalities.


ankylosing spondylitis; axial spondyloarthritis; diagnosis; imaging techniques; inflammatory lesions; structural lesions

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