How Advanced Medical Imaging Can Help Understand and Treat Arthritis, Part 2
QNotes, Vol. 2, Issue 13
Qmetrics continues to highlight how advances in medical imaging and image analysis can impact arthritis research and treatment during May, annually designated as Arthritis Awareness Month.
The second installment in this series is also a poster from the OARSI 2014 World Congress,qMRI-Based Risk Factors for Symptomatic Knee Pain: Data from the OAI. This poster introduces the idea that while chronic knee pain is a common feature of osteoarthritis, the pain may be associated with different risk factors, and the work’s objective was to determine which MR imaging characteristics can be used as risk factors, or imaging biomarkers, for the development of knee pain.
The research concludes that abnormal curvature of the femur and low DESS signal contrast at the lateral femur articular surface are risk factors for the development of knee pain. DESS signal contrast may indicate active bone remodeling and together, these indicators suggest that arthritic patients’ femurs may be changing shape as part of the disease process. What could this mean for patients suffering from OA? Although greater relationships must be established, this fact may be used to make clinical and treatment decisions for the prevention of symptomatic knee pain.