Could Ultrasound Prevent Rheumatology Patients from Receiving Disease Treatments?

This is the 10th in a series on musculoskeletal ultrasound use in people living with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD). This is a critical topic for PRD that could have enormous impact on clinical care – positively or negatively – in light of results from two recent studies. Musculoskeletal ultrasound can help “see” invisible disease activity Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS)...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Professionals Call for Ultrasound Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Superior for disease activity assessment, but user-dependent Recently in Rheumatoid Arthritis Ultrasound News, we looked at reasons musculoskeletal ultrasound matters to people with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD), and stories from patients who weren’t treated because doctors didn’t see swelling or inflammation. We heard what a doctor said recently at EULAR: “You can see raging inflammation in joints...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Training Is Essential

In the several articles on RAW about using musculoskeletal ultrasound in Rheumatoid Arthritis I’ve stipulated “with training” for good reason. Let’s look closer at the need for training in ultrasound use for rheumatology patients. Please see the recent post Rheumatoid Arthritis Ultrasound News describing the significant role musculoskeletal ultrasound can play for people with Rheumatoid...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Ultrasound News

RAW has 6 posts on musculoskeletal ultrasound over the past 4 years. There have been a flurry of publications on the topic since the last one, Ultrasound for Seeing Invisible Inflammation in Rheumatoid Patients, in December. There’s a lot to talk about, so today will be the first of a series. If you haven’t, this...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Ultrasound for Seeing Invisible Inflammation in Rheumatoid Patients

I was a bit surprised at the tremendous response to my last post on trying to take the gloves off to talk about some typical things experienced with Rheumatoid disease. Several important conversations arose on the comments page. I always say the comments on this site are another whole blog. I’m blessed with such compassionate...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Stand-up MRI and 6 More Useful Things to Know about Imaging

Aren’t X-rays and MRI’s infallible? I used to think that imaging is the one certain thing in medicine. A friend’s broken pelvis taught me differently. It was fractured, whether we had evidence of it or not. I was one of the people who believed in her the whole time, but her treatment would certainly have been...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

10 Reasons We Might Want a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSUS) of a Joint

Back in 2009, dozens of phone calls revealed no one  in our area who could perform a musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS).  Today, worried about my son, I made calls again to orthopedists and hospitals. When I called the top medical centers in our region, I found one ultrasound technologist who had heard of MSUS and she...Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

Ultrasounds for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 3

Ultrasounds as sensational tests for RA Over the last couple of days, we have taken a look at musculoskeletal ultrasound tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis. We explored the value of ultrasounds (MSUS) compared to other tests for RA. We have seen that ultrasounds for Rheumatoid Arthritis are more precise and sensitive than x-ray tests for RA. The...Continue reading      23 Comments » Read more

Ultrasounds for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 2

A surprisingly different assessment of ultrasounds as tests for RA Several weeks ago, when I met the new rheumatologist, I asked for an opinion of ultrasounds for RA. The reaction was surprising. The doctor told me that it would be a worthless thing to do. Of course, I brought up some of the fantastic reports about...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Ultrasound for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 1

What is the best test for Rheumatoid Arthritis? We’ve looked at tests for RA before on the blog. Last week, we took a humorous look at an MRI for Rheumatoid Arthritis. What about an ultrasound for detecting signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis? Earlier this year, I asked that question. Do I need an ultrasound for RA? In the...Continue reading      19 Comments » Read more
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