DGMSR Rheuma-Day 2023 in Review

On March 24, 2023, the German Society for Musculoskeletal Radiology (DGMSR) hosted the first Rheuma-Day in Berlin. The hands-on workshop, especially for radiologists, focussed on rheumatic diseases with primarily peripheral manifestations (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and other crystal arthropathies such as CPPD or HADD) and with axial manifestations (spondyloarthritides, excess strain on the spine and sacroiliac joints and SAPHO syndrome).

Under the scientific direction of radiologist Kay G. Hermann, a program was created that made the most important aspects of imaging of these diseases tangible. With more than 90 participants, the conference room in the Hotel Aquino was packed.

At the start of the event, the radiologist and first chairman of the DGMSR, Karl-Friedrich Kreitner, introduced the topic and then introduced the speakers.

Torsten Diekhoff from the Charité — Berlin University of Medicine focused on arthritis diagnostics using CT and MRI. In addition, the radiologist juxtaposed the SAPHO syndrome, a rare rheumatic disease, with axial spondyloarthritis and psoriatic arthritis of the spine.

Crystal arthropathies such as gout, CPPD and HADD were at the core of Katharina Ziegeler’s morning lecture. In her presentation in the afternoon, the radiologist, also from the Charité — Berlin University of Medicine, referred to gender-specific differences in imaging of the sacroiliac joints, which must be taken into account when diagnosing pain syndromes of the lower spine.

As an expert in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Düsseldorf, Daniel Abrar provided an overview of current scientific developments in joint imaging. In the afternoon, he devoted himself specifically to the manifestations of spondyloarthritis in the peripheral joints.

As a clinical partner, Denis Poddubnyy emphasized the importance of an interdisciplinary approach in the diagnosis of rheumatic diseases and discussed how radiology colleagues enriched his department. As a practical example, he used the diagnosis and clinical aspects of axial spondyloarthritis.