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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 78-84

Ultrasound in musculoskeletal disorder e A new horizon in rheumatology

Department of Rheumatology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India

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Alakendu Ghosh
Department of Rheumatology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata
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DOI: 10.1016/j.injr.2015.04.004

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Early detection of rheumatological diseases is an important step in prevention of perma- nent damage and deformities. Conventional radiography has traditionally been used as a diagnostic tool in rheumatology but is incapable to detect early changes in the periarticular tissues and bones. MRI has gained undoubted superiority for detection of soft tissue pa- thologies and early bony inflammatory changes but its widespread use is restricted by multiple factors. Ultrasonography (USG) is a promising tool for bridging this gap. Though the use of USG in the field of Rheumatology is almost three decades old, recent advance- ment in technology has made it an attractive imaging tool for early detection various musculoskeletal disorders. The utility of USG is not only limited to the detection of sy- novitis but has expanded to detect various extra skeletal manifestations of rheumato- logical diseases. Absence of radiation hazards, reasonable cost, and widespread availability are the added advantages of USG. In this article the promising role of USG in musculo- skeletal diseases has been reviewed.

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