Indian Journal of Rheumatology

: 2018  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 3-

Musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology

Prasan Deep Rath1, N Sajjan Shenoy2,  
1 Department of Rheumatology, Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, KMC Hospitals, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Prasan Deep Rath
Department of Rheumatology, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi

How to cite this article:
Rath PD, Shenoy N S. Musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology.Indian J Rheumatol 2018;13:3-3

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Rath PD, Shenoy N S. Musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology. Indian J Rheumatol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Nov 27 ];13:3-3
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Imaging forms an important investigative tool for a rheumatologist. In comparison to the “traditional” techniques of X-rays, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSK USG) is a newer and “point-of-care” imaging modality which has been getting attention worldwide due to its unique advantages, real-time nature, low cost, and safety. It was timely for a special supplement of the Indian Journal of Rheumatology to focus on MSK USG where we have strived to bring the exciting and cutting-edge advances in MSK USG to the individual practicing rheumatologist. Experts from the field have brought out review articles covering the entire breadth of MSK USG and at the same time have kept the jargon simple and comprehensible to the rheumatologist, physician, or the student who has had minimal or no exposure to the world of ultrasound.

Beginning with the physical principles of ultrasound, Krishnan has lucidly discussed the various artifacts encountered during routine scans, how to avoid them and use them to one's advantage. Basics of sonoanatomy which form the backbone of USG scans have been discussed by Moller et al. Regional sonology of the upper limb and lower limb joints, with special emphasis on the needs of a rheumatologist, has been covered in subsequent chapters by Shah, Gandikota, Sahu et al. Kaeley et al. have pictured the various common rheumatologic diseases as seen by the sonological eyes. Bhatnagar has discussed the use of MSK US in paediatrics rheumatology practice. Finally, Ghosh et al. and Aggarwal et al. discuss the very important aspects of the current status and challenges of using MSK USG in India and also the future directions for this field.

We sincerely hope that every reader, irrespective of his experience in the field of MSK USG would benefit from this supplement. We wish that it will encourage many to begin and carry on with their pleasant journey in the ever exciting field of MSK USG.

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