Local organizer

Croatian society for rheumatology


Course directors

Miroslav Mayer
Francesco Porta


Faculty members

Mislav Cerovec,  Zagreb
Porin Perić,  Zagreb
Marijana Pervan, Zagreb
Francesco Porta , Pistoia
Goran Radunović, Belgrade
Florentin Vreju, Craiova
Miroslav Mayer, Zagreb



Thursday 09.05.2019.

Session1: Understand the needs and know the basis of US in RA

13:00-14:00 Registration and light lunch
14:00 Welcome note - president of the Croatian Society for Rheumatology (Anic)

14:10 Introduction and aim of the course ( Mayer/Porta)

14:20 Unsolved problems in RA diagnosis, assessment, management, prognosis prediction (Mayer)

14:40 Elementary US features of RA: how to detect and quantify (Porta)

15:10 Meaning of Synovial alterations in RA (Radunović)

15:30 Meaning of Tendon alterations in RA (Mayer/Perić)

15:50 Meaning of Bone alterations in RA ( Radunović)

16:00 - 16:30  Coffee break

16:30 - 17:00 Workshop 1: detections and quantification of elementary lesions in RA
 (Porta, Radunović)


Friday 10.05.2019.

Session 2: The use of US for the early disease, to assess inflammatory activity and response to treatment

09:00 US in very early arthritis: why and how and its correlation with clinical and bio-humoral features (Porta)

09:30 US scoring of RA activity (Vreju)

10:00 Early detection of treatment response: predictive value of US modifications( Cerovec)

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 - 12:15 Workshop 2: evaluation of early arthritis patient and US scoring of activity. Analysis of the meaning of the US findings(Vreju, Cerovec ,Mayer, Porta)

12:15 - 13:30 Lunch break

Session 3: The use of US to confirm clinical remission, to evaluate the longstanding patients and the extraarticular involvement

13:30 Evaluating the patient in clinical remission: what to expect? (Vreju)

14:00 The role and limitations of US in longstanding disease (Perić)

14:30 US role in the evaluation of extraarticular involvement: vessels, salivary glands, lung, heart (Porta)

15:00 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 17:45 Workshop 3: US in patients in clinical remission, US in longstanding disease, evaluation of extraarticular manifestations (120 min) (Perić, Vreju, Mayer, Radunovic)


Saturday  11.05.2019.
Session 4: In deep knowledge of disease and procedures

09:00 - 09:30 US for injections: from indications to assesment of result (Vreju)

09:30 - 10:00General Imaging in RA: X-ray, US, CT, MRI. When and why (Pervan)

10:00 - 11:00 US-clinical cases with plenary discussion (Radunovic/Mayer)

11:00 - 11:30Hot topics and research agenda US in RA (Mayer)

11:30 - 12:00 Closing remarks and discussion  (30 min)


Time schedule and faculty may differ in final program.