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Stanford Report, November 19, 2003

Osteoarthritis study funded by grant

Development of a non-invasive method of studying osteoarthritis will be supported at Stanford by a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the newest research group at the National Institutes of Health.

Garry Gold, MD, assistant professor of radiology, is the principal investigator of the project, which focuses on optimizing magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to visualize the breakdown of cartilage in this degenerative disease.

The Arthritis Foundation says osteoarthritis affects over 20 million Americans. Most people with the condition suffer some degree of limited motion. When it affects the knee, the foundation says the disability can be as profound as cardiovascular disease.

X-ray is the main method of diagnosing osteoarthritis. MRI offers advantages over X-rays, such as increased sensitivity but today’s MRI technology is limited by the amount of time a scan takes.