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Rheumatoid Arthritis Screening MRI Protocol
for Wrist, Hand & Foot

by Steven Needell, M.D.
www.bocaradiology.com


"RA" MRI Protocol:

Coronal 3D T1 GRE
Coronal STIR
Axial STIR

Anatomic Coverage:

Wrist & Hand

Wrist FOV
WRIST
Include distal radio-ulnar joint (DRUJ)
through MCP joints
HAND
Include MCP joints through DIP joints

Note: For a WRIST exam, always make sure to include the distal radio-ulnar joint (DRUJ).
If the patient has a very large hand, the MCP joints may not be able to be imaged completely.

WristRx


FOREFOOT

long axis

LONG AXIS "CORONAL" IMAGE OF FOREFOOT
Include Metatarsal-cuneiform joints through MTP joints

The "Coronal" plane of the forefoot here refers to the longitudinal (long axis) plane. In true anatomic position,
this is actually an axial image, but is more commonly referred to by MRI techs as "coronal" of the forefoot.

foot rx

For information regarding routine image of the ankle & foot, visit: <www.bocaradiology.com/foot>