A new study in the US could open the door for new methods of identifying signs of osteoarthritis at an earlier stage than is currently possible. The US Arthritis Foundation has provided the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, the University of California – San Francisco and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with a joint research grant of $1 million (£640,300) to investigate a new early osteoarthritis detection tools.

Focusing on patients who suffer from anterior cruciate ligament injuries, the study will combine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques and newly identified biomarkers to highlight people who are at risk of developing osteoarthritis. MRI scans will be used to detect biochemical changes in the knee cartilage and meniscus that presage the onset of osteoarthritic symptoms, while samples of synovial fluid, blood and urine will also be analysed to gain further insights into the patient’s disease status.

See more about early osteoarthritis detection tools at: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/news/general-news/2013/september/us-scientists-trialling-early-osteoarthritis-detection-tools.aspx