Ultrasound Needle Guidance in Rheumatology: Advances, Applications and Clinical Pearls

November 24, 2014

Rheumatology Practice News Special Edition
Janak R. Goyal, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Director, Division of Rhematology, Raritan Medical Center
Perth Amboy, New Jersey

This article enumerates the benefits and applications of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and details procedural guidance for join and soft tissue injections and aspirations.  Dr. Goyal also explains that ultrasound technology has been shown to be 6.5 times more sensitive than x-rays for early, accurate diagnosis of small bone erosions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.  He argues that point of care US can significantly reduce medical errors and offer efficient real-time diagnosis.   US can replace or supplement more expensive imaging technologies such as CT in appropriate clinical scenarios.

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