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European SpA Imaging working group programme

by Sciterion for AbbVie

Summary of work

European SpA Imaging working group programme

Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) is a relatively ‘new’ disease with few global experts in the field. Within the rheumatology community there is a lack of understanding of the disease and how to diagnose it. MRI is a diagnostic tool used to support the diagnosis of nr-axSpA, but rheumatologists are not experienced at interpreting MRI and radiologists are not aware of this disease. There is a lack of training available due to the limited number of expert trainers available. The European Imaging Working Group programme provided an intensive year-long course to train 20 European rheumatologists and radiologists to become more experienced in MRI in nr-axSpA; with the aim of over 75% of participants achieving a level that allows them to deliver MRI training programmes in their country. Participants were required to attend four face-to-face interactive meetings and complete remote learning in-between the meetings. 80% of the participants achieved the criteria set out by the experts to run local meetings. The value has been irrefutably demonstrated by participants already using the toolkit and hosting 9 training meetings in 4 countries, with more planned, providing the opportunity for SpA MRI training in many regions for the first time.

Judges comments

This programme was so solid and strong in delivering against its objectives with a well-developed approach and were absolutely clear on just what it wanted to achieve. What it did realise was real behavioural change – the exact element this award is looking for – and was so agile in how this was accomplished. Very impressive.

Highly commended


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Key dates

Entry deadline 11 March 2021
Extended entry deadline 18 March 2021
(additional fee applies)
Judging days May 2021
Awards Ceremony 1st September 2021

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