High-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: truth, discrimination and feasibility

Andrea Maatje Jacomina Scharmga

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease characterised by joint inflammation causing damage to the bones, including those of the fingers. High-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) is a new CT technique only used in research settings that allows detailed imaging of the bones. This dissertation shows that HR-pQCT is a reliable and sensitive technique. In the future, HR-pQCT may be used to monitor and evaluate treatment effects in clinical trials. HR-pQCT may also be used to study bone abnormalities in other rheumatic diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Geusens, P.P.M.M., Supervisor, External person
  • van den Bergh, Joop, Supervisor
  • van Tubergen, Astrid, Co-Supervisor
  • van Rietbergen, B., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date21 Dec 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789462337510
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • CT
  • imaging
  • bone

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