Journal of Clinical Images and Case Reports

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Sonographic Spectrum of Rheumatoid Arthritis

In recent years, we’ve seen new improvements in ultrasound (USG) technology, which has resulted in new advancements in musculoskeletal system diagnostics. Ultrasound can currently analyses structures as small as peripheral nerves with a diameter of 1 mm thanks to the introduction of high-frequency (up to 18 MHz) linear probes, sensitive Doppler, and harmonic imaging, Labra and capsular ligamentous complexes. We can now detect the early phases of rheumatoid arthritis, which occur before irreparable joint damage develops. Finally, we’re looking for a role for elastography in musculotendinous structure evaluation. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging are used in the early phases of peripheral arthritis diagnostic workup (MRI).

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