Value of Ultrasound in Rheumatologic Diseases

Division of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease and NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
Journal of Korean medical science (Impact Factor: 1.27). 04/2013; 28(4):497-507. DOI: 10.3346/jkms.2013.28.4.497
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The use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology clinical practice has rapidly increased over the past decade. Ultrasound has enabled rheumatologists to diagnose, prognosticate and monitor disease outcome. Although international standardization remains a concern still, the use of ultrasound in rheumatology is expected to grow further as costs fall and the opportunity to train in the technique improves. We present a review of value of ultrasound, focusing on major applications of ultrasound in rheumatologic diseases.

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