Radiological assessment in psoriatic arthritis
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Our objective was to compare the reliability and responsiveness of the original Steinbrocker's (OS), our modified Steinbrocker's (MS) and Larsen's (L) radiological scoring methods for detecting radiological change in psoriatic arthritis over time. Two sets of radiographs of the hands and feet at least 2 yr apart were selected from 68 patients. Films were randomly presented and scored independently by a rheumatologist (DDG) and a radiologist (DS), in a blinded fashion using all methods. The index of reliability was the intraclass coefficient (ICC) and the responsiveness was assessed using plots and regression analyses. All three radiological scoring methods have excellent interobserver and good intra-observer reliability. L and MS are equally responsive and superior to OS in detecting change in joint damage over time. Thus, the L or MS radiological scoring methods can be used to monitor disease progression in psoriatic arthritis.
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