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Table 1 Potential uses for magnetic resonance imaging in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

From: Magnetic resonance imaging: opportunities for rheumatoid arthritis disease assessment and monitoring long-term treatment outcomes

Accurate diagnosis and classification of patients with RA at presentation
Early assessment of bony erosions to define patients who already have articular structural damage
Quantification of synovial inflammation at the primary site, potentially allowing prediction of further erosions and disease progression
Simultaneous assessment of synovitis and joint erosion pathologies, allowing for dissection of the relative importance of these two pathologies in RA disease progression
Long-term evaluation of treatment outcome in clinical trials and real-world settings