Rheumatoid Arthritis (or RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition that currently affects over one million Americans. This disease occurs when the body mistakenly attacks its own body tissues. This disease affects the lining of joints called the synovium. The disease often presents with painful joints. Over time, this can destroy cartilage and bone. It can also affect other body organs such as the heart, eyes, and the lungs. Physicians depend on radiology imaging procedures such as x-rays and MRIs to diagnose and monitor progression of this illness. These invaluable diagnostic tools are utilized in conjunction with blood tests to provide the safest, most effective treatments for patients.