Musculoskeletal imaging: Published and current initiatives

This page is split into two sections: Published initiatives (starting 2010) and ongoing initiatives (listed at bottom of this page - scroll down for information).

Published initiatives


EULAR standardised procedures for rheumatology ultrasound (RHUS) imaging
An update of the guidelines for musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology.
Convenors: Maria Backhaus, Ingrid Möller (Published online: 16. August 2017)
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Scoring ultrasound synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis: An EULAR-OMERACT ultrasound taskforce
Part 1: Definition and development of a standardised, consensus-based scoring system
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Part 2: Reliability and application to multiple joints of a standardised consensus-based scoring system
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Maria-Antonietta D’Agostino, Lene Terslev, Philippe Aegerter, Marina Backhaus, Peter Balint, George A Bruyn, Emilio Filippucci, Walter Grassi, Annamaria Iagnocco, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, David Kane, Esperanza Naredo, Wolfgang Schmidt, Marcin Szkudlarek, Philip G Conaghan, Richard J Wakefield
(Published online 11 July 2017)

EULAR recommendations for the use of imaging in the clinical management of peripheral joint osteoarthritis                                                                                                      Garifallia Sakellariou, Philip G Conaghan, Weiya Zhang, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Pernille Boyesen, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino, Michael Doherty, Daniela Fodor, Margreet Kloppenburg, Falk Miese Esperanza Naredo, Mark Porcheret, Annamaria Iagnocco
(Published online 7 April 2017)
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EULAR-PReS points to consider for the use of imaging in the diagnosis and management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis in clinical practice​ (in collaboration with Paediatrics)
A N Colebatch-Bourn, C J Edwards, P Collado, M-A D'Agostino, R Hemke, S Jousse-Joulin, M Maas, A Martini, E Naredo, M Østergaard,  M Rooney, N Tzaribachev, M A van Rossum,  J Vojinovic, PG Conaghan, C Malattia (Published online: 5 August 2015)
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EULAR recommendations for the use of imaging of the joints in the clinical management of rheumatoid arthritis 
Alexandra N Colebatch, Christopher John Edwards, Mikkel Østergaard, Désirée van der Heijde, Peter V Balint, Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino, Kristina Forslind, Walter Grassi, Espen A Haavardsholm, Glenn Haugeberg, Anne-Grethe Jurik, Robert BM Landewé, Esperanza Naredo, Philip J O'Connor, Ben Ostendorf, Kristina Potočki, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Josef S Smolen, Sekib Sokolovic, Iain Watt, Philip G Conaghan (Published online: 10 May 2013)
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EULAR recommendations for the use of imaging in the diagnosis and management of spondyloarthritis in clinical practice
P Mandl, V Navarro-Compán, L Terslev, P Aegerter, D van der Heijde, M A D'Agostino, X Baraliakos, S J Pedersen, A G Jurik, E Naredo, C Schueller-Weidekamm, U Weber, M C Wick, P A C Bakker, E Filippucci, P G Conaghan, M Rudwaleit, G Schett, J Sieper, S Tarp, H Marzo-Ortega, M Østergaard (Published online 2 April 2015)
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Practice of ultrasound-guided arthrocentesis and joint injection, including training and implementation, in Europe: results of a survey of experts and scientific societies
Convenor: Peter Mandl (Published in Rheumatology 2012)


Current state of musculoskeletal ultrasound training and implementation in Europe: results of a survey of experts and scientific societies
Convenor: Esperanza Naredo (Published in Rheumatology 2010)

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Ongoing initiatives

Guide/Recommendations for The Conduct, Content and Format of EULAR/PReS Paediatric Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Courses. Convenor: Silvia Magni Manzoni

Implementation and role of modern musculoskeletal imaging
Convenor:  Peter Mandl

EULAR Recommendations for the use of imaging in patient with mechanical low back pain
Convenor: Gilles Fournier

EULAR Recommendation/Points to consider for the use of imaging in the diagnosis and management of large vessel vasculitis in clinical practice
Convenor: Christian Dejaco

EULAR recommendations for the reporting of musculoskeletal ultrasound studies in rheumatology
Convenor: Maria Antonietta d'Agostino

Development of a standardized training model for ultrasound-guided synovial biopsy’s in small and large joints
Convenor: Stephen Kelly

Criteria for the appropriate use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatoid arthritis clinical practice 
Convenor: Maria Antonietta D'Agostino

Definition of rheumatoid arthritis bone erosion
Convenor: Frederique Gandjbakhch, Georg Schett

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Educational initiatives