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possible ra. what would an mri of the affected joints show?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
MRI: could show the typical manifestations of RA including bone erosions, synovial changes, effusions.
Dr. Moshe Lewis
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
MRI show findings 1st: Bony erosions are seen well using MRI in early rheumatoid arthritis and are frequently detected before they appear on plain radiographs. Bone marrow edema is another important MRI feature associated with inflammatory joint disease and may be present before even erosions are seen. Synovial membrane inflammation and hypertrophy are detected after contrast enhancement. Thus MRIs show early findings.

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