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September 27, 2019

MRI-based screening for structural definition of eligibility in clinical DMOAD trials: Rapid OsteoArthritis MRI Eligibility Score (ROAMES).

Roemer FW, Collins J, Kwoh CK, Hannon MJ ... Felson DT, Hunter DJ, Lynch JA,Guermazi A.  

Osteoarthr Cartil 2019 Sep 09 

PMID: 31513920 DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2019.08.005 

Technical Advance 


The reasons for the failure of clinical trials of disease-modifying pharmacologic agents for osteoarthritis treatment are numerous and diverse. One of the main reasons why such trials fail is the heterogeneity of the structural disease and eligibility assessment criteria based on radiography. Osteoarthritis (OA) comprises a spectrum of joint tissue changes that may be categorized as distinct structural phenotypes but are not visualized by X-ray radiography. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is much better suited to structurally characterize a joint but the method has been perceived as being too complex a...

May 21, 2017

This book attempts to provide a comprehensive look at all of the pathologies of muscles that are likely to be encountered in treating sports-related injuries.

Its purpose is to give the practitioner a guide for identifying injuries and choosing the best therapeutic strategy. The first part presents the consensus view of current knowledge: the physiology of lesions and their prognosis as well as their anatomy, clinical imaging, and treatment. Then each of the muscles is described in turn, with a review of anatomy, clinical examination, the results of imaging, and therapeutic choices for acute and chronic injuries. A major section is dedica

ted to imaging, with the emphasis on which diagnostic methods are best for specific injuries and how to use

diagnostic imaging to determine the most suitable therapeutic strategies.

Special care has been taken to

provide high-quality illustrations that clearly show how to identify the lesion of the

damaged muscle. A wealth of illustrations, many in color,...

March 28, 2017

Dr. Crema gave a lecture about the ultrasound assessment of injuries of calf muscles in the athletes during the Ultrasound Refresher Course (Muscles and Knee) organized by the French Society of Musculoskeletal Imaging (SIMS), held at the French National Institute of Sport (INSEP), in Paris, France Saturday, March 25th.

March 15, 2017

Dr. Roemer, Chief Medical Officer, gave an invited podium presentation in the session on ‘MRI of articular cartilage and bone: areas of imaging confusion and practical solutions' entitled “Osteochondral injury, subchondral fractures and traumatic bone oedema: what is important and how do I describe it”. 

The lecture included an overview of terminology, technical advances of MRI of cartilage and clinical relevance of osteochondral injury. Structural predictors of later outcomes will also be discussed.


Bone marrow contusions are frequently identified on MRI after an injury to the musculoskeletal system. These osseous injuries may result from a direct blow to the bone, from compressive forces of adjacent bones impacting one another, or from traction that occurs during an avulsion injury. Commonly these injuries resolve without long-term sequelae. However, they may also involve the cartilaginous surface with or without an associated fracture line defining these as osteochondr...

March 15, 2017

Dr. Guermazi's talk at the Japanese Society of Medical Imaging, Tokyo, “Why we should get rid of x-ray as surrogate marker for cartilage loss in knee osteoarthritis clinical trials?" To learn more about what Dr. Guermazi spoke about, contact us at

March 8, 2017

Dr. Crema, Vice President fo Musculoskeletal Imaging is the senior author of the following scientific paper to be presented at the upcoming European Congress of Radiology (ECR 2017) in Viena, Austria: "The posterior radioscaphoid angle is related to the severity of degerative cartilage damage of the wrist in patients with scaphoid nonunion". This podium presentation will take place at scientific session (SS)1010 on Friday, March 3rd at 10:30am.

February 22, 2017

Dr. Ali Guermazi, president of BICL pictured below left with the President of the Asian Musculoskeletal Society, Professor Kunihiko Fukuda presenting an award to Dr. Guermazi for giving the Katayama Memorial Lecuture at the:

19th Asian Musculoskeletal Society meeting, January 19-21, 2017-Tokyo

This was the joint meeting of AMS, Japanese Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (JSMR) and Bone & Soft Tissue Tumor Club of Japanese pathologists (BTC).

The theme: "Pathology and Radiology: A Pair of Wheels of MSK"

Venue: Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo

February 17, 2017

Imaging in Sports Musculoskeletal Injuries is in now in circulation. 

". . . As experienced sports physicians we have seen most of the injuries, we have listened to very many lectures and we own many books. We have perused a zillion sports medicine books at conferences, academic bookstores and among our friends/colleagues’ collections. So when we heard that Professor Guermazi and Doctors Roemer and Crema were writing a sports medicine radiology book we were pleased but we were not expecting to be surprised. . . "

Dr. Karim Khan, MD, PhD, FACSP

Professor, University of British Columbia

Editor in chief, British Journal of Sports Medicine

Hakim Chalabi, MD, MBSM

Assistant Director General International Medical Affairs, Aspetar Hospital

Former Medical Director, Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, Chief Medical Officer, Algeria National Football Team

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