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Consensus statements on the imaging of axial spondyloarthritis in Australia and New Zealand


Truong, SL and Saad, NF and Robinson, PC and Cowderoy, G and Lim, I and Schachna, L and Stebbings, S and Stuckey, S and Taylor, AL and Whittle, SL and Zochling, J and Bird, P and Brown, MA, Consensus statements on the imaging of axial spondyloarthritis in Australia and New Zealand, Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 61, (1) pp. 58-69. ISSN 1754-9477 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

DOI: doi:10.1111/1754-9485.12573


Spondyloarthritis (SpA) describes a group of related inflammatory conditions, including ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, SpA associated with inflammatory bowel disease and undifferentiated SpA.1 Classification criteria have been developed and validated by the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) to distinguish axial‐predominant SpA from peripherally predominant SpA. These criteria contribute to diagnosis, but are not ideal diagnostic criteria as they possess only moderate sensitivity. Diagnosis of axial SpA should be established by a rheumatologist, after careful consideration of these criteria and individual patient factors.

Recent research into axial SpA has improved diagnostic assessment, using MRI and has established MRI and radiography as the main tools for assessing disease activity, response to treatment and prognosis. Diagnosis of axial SpA is often dependent on the choice and interpretation of imaging in individuals with axial symptoms. These consensus statements were developed to provide an evidence‐based approach to imaging in axial SpA.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ankylosing spondylitis, magnetic resonance imaging, radiography, sacroiliitis, spondyloarthritis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Zochling, J (Dr Jane Zochling)
ID Code:115401
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2017-03-22
Last Modified:2018-05-29

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