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Methods: In patients with polyarticular JIA with insufficient (≥3 affected joints) response or intolerance to ≥3 months Methotrexate, Etanercept was started. Six Slice Axial DCE-MRI of the metacarpophaleangeal (MCP) 2-5 joints in the clinically most affected hand was performed at 3 time points: baseline (BL), month 3 and 6 of treatment using a 0.2 Tesla Esaote C-Scan. Clinical scores included active joint (AJ) counts. Clinical response was considered a state of ≤ 3 AJ. DCE-MRI was analyzed using regions of interest (ROI) covering synovium in slices where MCPs 2-5 were visible. Output parameters included dynamic MRI quantification scores (DEMRIQvol) corresponding to the volume of enhancing voxels within the synovial ROIs alone or multiplied with the mean of the maximum enhancement (ME) or the initial rate of enhancement (IRE) .
Differences in DEMRIQvol scores between visits were analyzed using t-test (p<0.05* = statistically significant, p<0.25** = clinically meaningful). Concordance between clinical and DEMRIQvol scores were described.
Results: 18 Caucasian patients (12 girls, median age 12,6 years, median disease duration 1,2 years) were included in the study. Two patients discontinued imaging after BL but continued treatment. In all but 3 of the remaining patients statistically significant and/or clinically meaningful changes were documented for DEMRIQ ME between visits.
In 4 patients clinical and DEMRIQvol scores showed corresponded changes. In all other patients clinical and DEMRIQvol scores were non-concordant.
Based on DEMRIQvol change (irrespective of the clinical scores) the outcome of the patient could be predicted:
- in 5 patients improvement of DEMRIQvol scores predicted response to treatment (within 2-6 months after last MRI examination)
- in 4 patients an increase or persistence of a high DEMRIQvol predicted non-response to treatment
- in 7 patients increase in DEMRIQvol (after initial decrease) or persistence of a high DEMRIQvol predicted flare (in 3 of the patients flare occurred after treatment discontinuation)
In all patients subclinical disease could be detected on MRI in clinically unaffected joints.
Conclusion: Dynamika based scores appear to be useful for depicting disease activity in JIA and seem to support clinical examination by detecting subclinical inflammation. More over, in the present study DEMRIQvol scores were predictive for the outcome of the patients and were able to “foresee” response to treatment, flare of disease, non-response to treatment in most patients possibly making DEMRIQvol scores supportive in research and clinical decision taking.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Tzaribachev N, Hagoug R, Louka P, Islam J, Hinton M, Kubassova O, Boesen M. Quantification of Dynamic MRI examinations in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (suppl 4). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/quantification-of-dynamic-mri-examinations-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis/. Accessed October 17, 2021.
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