Reliability of detection of ultrasound and MRI features of hand osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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To systematically review the literature on inter- and intra-rater reliability of scoring ultrasound and MRI changes in hand osteoarthritis (OA).Medline, EMBASE, CINHAL, Web of Science and AMED were searched from inception to January 2020. Kappa (K), weighted Kappa (Kw) and intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC) for dichotomous, semi-quantitative and summated scores respectively, and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) were pooled using random-effects model. Heterogeneity between studies was assessed and reliability estimates were interpreted using Landis-Koch's classification.Fifty studies met the inclusion criteria (33 ultrasound, 21 MRI). The pooled K(95% CI) for inter-rater reliability was substantial for ultrasound-detected osteophytes [0.66 (0.54, 0.79)], grey-scale synovitis (GSS) [0.64 (0.32, 0.97)], and power Doppler (PD) [0.76, (0.47, 1.05)]; whereas intra-rater reliability was almost perfect for osteophytes [0.82 (0.80, 0.84)], central bone erosions (CBEs) [0.83 (0.78, 0.89)], and effusion [0.83 (0.74, 0.91)]; and substantial for GSS [0.64 (0.49, 0.79)] and PD [0.70 (0.59, 0.80)].Inter-rater reliability for dichotomous assessment was substantial for MRI-detected CBEs [0.75 (0.67, 0.83)] and synovitis [0.69 (0.51, 0.87)]; slight for osteophytes [0.14 (0.04, 0.25)]; and almost perfect for sum score of osteophytes, CBEs, joint space narrowing (JSN), and bone marrow lesions (BMLs) (0.81-0.89). Intra-rater reliability was almost perfect for sum score of MRI synovitis [0.92 (0.87, 0.96)], BMLs [0.88 (0.78, 0.98)], osteophytes [0.86 (0.74, 0.98)], CBEs [0.83 (0.66, 1.00)] and JSN [0.91 (0.87, 0.91)].Ultrasound and MRI are reliable in detecting hand OA features. Ultrasound may be preferred due to low-cost and increasing availability.

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Authors: Abasiama D Obotiba, Subhashisa Swain, Jaspreet Kaur, Michael Doherty, Weiya Zhang, Abhishek Abhishek


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