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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Vamsikrishna Gunnam M.B.B.S [2]


MRI may be helpful in the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. Findings on MRI suggestive of ankylosing spondylitis include sacroiliitis, disease activity,cartilage condition and enthesitis.MRI allows assessment of all of the structures that are involved in musculoskeletal diseases.MRI is more sensitive in inflammatory and degenerative rheumatological disorders.However, not all patients with nr-axSpA have abnormal MRI findings.

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