Utilizing MRI for Earlier Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study Purpose

MRI has been shown to be helpful in identifying patients who present with undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis who will develop RA within a one year follow up period. The absence of other clinically apparent symptoms often causes delays in diagnosis of RA. The use of the MRI in conjunction with the physical examination has the potential to reduce diagnostic delay. Earlier diagnosis would allow for earlier treatment implementation for better patient outcomes.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

≥ 18 years old Undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis suspected to be early RA (≥1 joint with synovitis and ≥1 other tender joint) Symptom duration ≤1 year

Exclusion Criteria:

Unwillingness or inability to return to Mayo Clinic Rochester for research follow-up visits Current or previous use of DMARDS Taking ≥10 mg of prednisone a day Contraindications to contract enhanced MRI History of another definite autoimmune or inflammatory rheumatic disease History of psoriasis History of inflammatory bowel disease Unsuitably as deemed by the principal investigator

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Kerry Wright, MBBS
Principal Investigator Affiliation Mayo Clinic
Agency Class

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Study Website: View Trial Website

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