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Abstract #2302

quantitative UTE imaging of the Achilles tendon enthesis of PsA patients and healthy volunteers

Bimin Chen1,2, Hongda Shao1, Michael Carl3, Arthur Kavanaugh4, Graeme M Bydder1, and Jiang Du1

1Radiology Department, UCSD, San Diego, CA, United States, 2Radiology Department, The first affiliated hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, People's Republic of, 3GE Healthcare, San Diego, CA, United States, 4Center for Innovative Therapy Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, UCSD, San Diego, CA, United States

Achilles tendon enthesitis is the source of the the heel pain of PsA patients. The current measures based on pressure being placed on various entheses during physical examination are both insensitive and non-specific.Also it’s very time consuming and poorly reproducible.MR imaging with ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequences provides a good option for assessing entheses, which has a relatively short T2 and largely “invisible” with clinical MR sequence.

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