Low-field 0.2-0.5 tesla MRI for the detection of arthritis

Mundy L, Hiller JE
Record ID 32012000225
Authors' recomendations: Based on good quality evidence it would appear that low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful to diagnose and monitor patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients are not exposed to ionising radiation and can therefore be monitored closely for the effectiveness of treatment regimes. The use of low-field MRI would appear to be increasing in Australia, raising issues surrounding Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) rebates as MRI services currently attract a rebate only when conducted in accredited centres when patients are referred by a specialist. Due to access and funding issues surrounding this technology, HealthPACT recommended that it be monitored for further information in 12-months time.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2008
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Arthritis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Organisation Name: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: School of Public Health, Mail Drop 545, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005, AUSTRALIA, Tel: +61 8 8313 4617
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Contact Email: ahta@adelaide.edu.au
Copyright: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA)
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