Subcommittee – Arthritis

Diagnostic imaging is indispensible for both the primary investigation as well as the quantification of arthritis and its related diseases. Standard radiograms have proven crucial as the first-line modality of imaging. Ultrasound, MRI, and CT readily document arthritis and other inflammatory diseases at early stages. They help to quantify the extent of acute and chronic inflammation.

The subcommittee for Imaging in Rheumatology was founded in 2003. Its intention is to promote various aspects of indications for imaging, standardized techniques, and methods for successfully interpreting imaging findings.
Annually, the subcommittee organizes the “Arthritis Imaging” sessions at the ESSR meetings. As there is a strong collaboration with the EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism), an ESSR-EULAR joint session has been organized for the first time at the ESSR meeting in 2012.


Prof. Lennart Jans
Department of Radiology, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium

Past chairpersons:
Prof. Iwona Sudol-Szopinska, 2015-2018
Prof. Claudia Weidekamm 2011-2015
Prof. Anne Grethe Jurik 2007-2011
Dr. Philip O’Conner 2003-2007
Prof. Franz Kainberger- initiator of the Arthritis Subcommittee and first chairperson 2003

MR Protocols in Rheumatology

Common projects for download:

* Imaging and interpretation of axial spondylarthritis: the radiologist’s perspective–consensus of the Arthritis Subcommittee of the ESSR. Weidekamm C, Mascarenhas VV, Sudol-Szopinska I, Boutry N, Plagou A, Klauser A, Wick M, Platzgummer H, Jans L, Mester A, Kainberger F, Aström G, Guglielmi G, Eshed I.Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2014 Jul;18(3):265-79. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1375569.
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* Recommendations of the ESSR Arthritis Subcommittee for the Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Musculoskeletal Rheumatic Diseases. Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Anne Grethe Jurik, Iris Eshed, Jans Lennart, Andrew Grainger, Mikkel Østergaard, Andrea Klauser, Anne Cotten, Marius C. Wick, Mario Maas, Falk Miese, Niels Egund, Nathalie Boutry, Mitja Rupreht, Monique Reijnierse, Edwin H. G. Oei, Reinhard Meier, Phil O’Connor, Antoine Feydy, Vasco Mascarenhas, Athena Plagou, Paolo Simoni, Hannes Platzgummer, Winston J. Rennie, Adam Mester, James Teh, Philip Robinson, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Gunnar Åström, Claudia Weiderkamm, Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2015;19:396–411.
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* Recommendations of the ESSR Arthritis Subcommittee on Ultrasonography in Inflammatory Joint Disease. Plagou A, Teh J, Grainger AJ, Weidekamm C, Sudoł-Szopińska I, Rennie W, Åström G, Feydy A, Giraudo C, Guerini H, Guglielmi G, Isaac A, Jans L, Jurik AG, Kainberger F, Maas M, Martinoli C, Mascarenhas VV, Miese F, O’Connor P, Oei EH, Østergaard M, Peetrons P, Platzgummer H, Reijnierse M, Robinson P, Rupreht M, Simoni P, Wick MC, Zejden A, Klauser AS. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2016 Nov;20(5):496-506. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1593533. PubMed PMID: 28002871.
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Meetings organized by the subcommittee:

1. ‘Imaging Arthritis 2015’ Ghent, Belgium, 12 September 2015 >> (Lennart Jans)
2. 2nd Sports and Arthritis MSK Conference, Krakow, Poland, 13-14 November 2015 >> (Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska)
3. 2nd Seminars in MSK radiology, Brussels, Belgium, 10-12 December 2015 >> (Paolo Simoni)

1. Porto, MSK sports And arthritis meeting (September 2016)
2. 3rd Sports and Arthritis MSK Conference, Krakow, Poland, 17-19 November 2016 >> (Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska)
3. Seminars in MSK Radiology, Brussels, Belgium 15-17 December 2016 (Paolo Simoni)

1. 4th Sports and Arthritis MSK Conference, Gdánsk, Poland, 16-18 November 2017 >> (Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska)

1. 5th International Sports & Arthritis MSK Conference, Gdánsk, Poland, November 16-17, 2018 >> (Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska)


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