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Peter Mandl
Peter Mandl, MD, PhD

Department of Medicine III (Division of Rheumatology)
Position: Assistant Professor

ORCID: 0000-0003-1526-4052
T +43 1 014040043000


Arthritis, Rheumatoid; Diagnostic Imaging; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Multimodal Imaging; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Ultrasonography

Research group(s)

Research interests

My research interests include the use of imaging for diagnosing, monitoring and predicting rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, in particular the utility of ultrasound for the monitoring of inflammation and structural changes in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis. In addition, I perform comparative imaging research using cadavers, histology, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound to better understand the anatomical and histological basis of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. I have convened and am convening several taskforces of the European League Against Rheumatism which focus on various aspects of imaging. I have published over 60 peer-reviewed publications within the field of rheumatology and musculoskeletal imaging, and published a textbook on the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for the hand. I have organized and served on the faculty of several national and international musculoskeletal ultrasound courses and workshops. 

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Our department has several high-end musculoskeletal ultrasound units and has access to all other, novel imaging methods. A number of collaborative projects with the Department of Anamtomy, the Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, the MRI Excellence Center as well as our own research facilities featuring both disease-specific databases as well as the VISOR sonography database provide unique opportunities for imaging research. 

Selected publications

  1. Mandl, P. et al.2019.Development of semiquantitative ultrasound scoring system to assess cartilage in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford),58(10),pp.1802-1811.
  2. Mandl, P. et al.,2015.EULAR recommendations for the use of imaging in the diagnosis and management of spondyloarthritis in clinical practice. Ann Rheum Dis,74(7),pp.1327-1339.
  3. Mandl, P. et al.,2015.Relationship between radiographic joint space narrowing, sonographic cartilage thickness and anatomy in rheumatoid arthritis and control joints. Ann Rheum Dis, 74(11),pp.2022-2027.
  4. Mandl, P. et al.,2013.Clinical and ultrasound-based composite disease activity indices in rheumatoid arthritis: results from a multicenter, randomized study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken),65(6),pp.879-887.
  5. Mandl, P. et al.,2012.Metrologic properties of ultrasound versus clinical evaluation of synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis: results of a multicenter, randomized study. Arthritis Rheum,64(4),pp.1272-1282.