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Evolution in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasonography in a Rheumatology Unit over 14 years

S. Gil Barato, E. de Miguel Mendieta, E. Martin-Mola
  • E. de Miguel Mendieta
    Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain
  • E. Martin-Mola
    Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain

Abstract

The aim of this article is to evaluate the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the daily clinical practice of a rheumatology unit. We conducted a descriptive retrospective analysis of the ultrasound examinations performed during 2011 and a comparison of these examinations with those performed between 1998 and 2003 and between 2007 and 2008. A total of 712 ultrasound examinations performed in 2011 were reviewed. Out of the total, examinations of individual areas of the body represented 11.6% versus 45.9% of the examinations made between 2007 and 2008 and 100% of those performed before 2003. The remaining 88.4% of ultrasound examinations performed in 2011 were intended to investigate inflammation in 25.8%, differential diagnosis of arthralgia in 17.1%, enthesis in 12.6% and temporal arteries in 17.3%, and to conduct ultrasound-guided procedures in 10.6% and study microcrystalline pathologies in 4.7%. In our unit, ultrasonography is evolving from being a mere investigation of individual areas of the body to becoming a clinical information tool, which contributes to the diagnosis and monitoring of the disease activity in the patient as a whole.

Keywords

Ultrasonography, Musculoskeletal, Doppler.

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Published: 2015-06-30 18:58:03
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