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Table 1 Usefulness of the various imaging modalities for the early diagnosis of inflammatory joint disorders

From: Imaging in rheumatology: reconciling radiology and rheumatology

  X-ray US MRI Nuclear medicine CT
Rheumatoid arthritis + + +
Inflammatory spondylarthropathy +− ++ + +−
Gout +− +− +− +−
  1. – means not usually useful, +− means may or may not be useful depending on clinical circumstances, + means usually useful, ++ means method of choice