Published online Nov 12, 2014. doi: 10.5499/wjr.v4.i3.72
Revised: July 23, 2014
Accepted: September 6, 2014
Published online: November 12, 2014
Core tip: Nowadays, more and more emphasis is being put on capturing the microscopic features of inflammation on non-invasive techniques of imaging. Emerging magnetic resonance imaging techniques seem to have potential to capture these molecular events and replace synovial histology in future. In this paper we have reviewed exciting recent advances in the field of imaging that pick up inflammatory signals from inflamed synovium and are likely to be available for routine clinical practice in near future.