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Accurately Measuring Rheumatoid Disease Activity

We may be watching the slow evolution of the ability to measure Rheumatoid disease activity (DA) which could obviously revolutionize care for the disease, if handled properly. “Visible” evidence can be a valuable tool in treating a disease that does its damage concealed inside of a body. 2006: Remission imaging study reveals Rheumatoid Arthritis disease activity Remember...Continue reading      12 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

Rheumatoid Arthritis Severity Scale (RASS) Affecting Treatment Decisions?

Could the RASS Affect Treatment Decisions Dollars? A reader asks about doctor’s ratings of Rheumatoid disease being required by third-party payers (insurance companies, etc) presumably to justify spending related to Rheumatoid disease treatment. She wrote: “according to my rheum today there is a lot of pressure by the insurance companies to having every patient rated using...Continue reading      16 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

Inflammation and Thomas the Tank Engine

Today, my Roo is six years old. Saturday, I went shopping with Mary Khris to buy supplies to create a little Thomas the Tank Engine party. Since I can’t draw characters with icing any more, we look for ways things can be used creatively. I found some lightweight rubber train engines (actually bath toys!) that we...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

2 Reasons Monitoring Rheumatoid Arthritis Matters

This is the second in a short series of posts in honor of the blog’s 2nd birthday. We are looking at some significant topics that have surfaced over the last two years. I’m calling these “frying pan posts” since these issues are critical enough to patients to speak rather bluntly. Why monitor Rheumatoid Arthritis? You have your...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

New Reading of the Nuclear Bone Scan: Credibility is Everything

Today, I got a gift. A friend obtained a second reading of my nuclear bone scan. The 4-page report was sent to me in a PDF as an authorized second opinion. The radiologist did not agree with the findings of the first report and the differences were not subtle. Instead of quoting it at length, I’ve...Continue reading      49 Comments » Read more

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