Health-e-Child’s research on MRI scoring for juvenile idiopathic arthritis awarded in Edinburgh and London. Images Jacs award.jpg

Health-e-Child’s IT teams are not the only ones accruing recognition and prizes: the clinical arm of the project is also beginning to make itself noticed.

The HeC consortium has developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based scoring system for rheumatology which measures the synovial membrane volume and bone erosion from MRIs. This work was highlighted in a paper presented by Dr. Beatrice Damasio of the Giannina Gaslini Institute of Genoa (IT) that took home the Jacques Lefebvre award at the 2008 congress of the European Society of Paediatric Radiology held in Edinburgh.

In a paper titled “Magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, and conventional radiography in the assessment of bone erosions in juvenile idiopathic arthritis” which was  presented by Dr. Damasio compared the sensitivity of MRI, sonography (US) and conventional radiography (X-Ray) to evaluate bone erosions in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and to relate imaging results with clinical parameters. The conclusions thus far reached by the rheumatology teams working in HeC (Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, and Great Ormand Street Hospital) is that MRI appears to be the most sensitive modality to capture bone erosion compared to US and X-Ray, especially in early JIA.

The Jacques Lefebvre award is given to the best scientific paper presented at the annual ESPR conference, chosen by a jury of between 7-10 independent senior radiologists.

The paper also won the Kourir Award in 2008 for the paper at the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society Congress which was held at University College London.

Congratulations to Beatrice and the HeC rheumatology teams!

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