Ingrid Möller was presenting in Milan: Rheumatologic Semeiotics 2.0. Imaging implementation in clinical practice

Ultrasound (US) has demonstrated to play an important role in the diagnosis and follow up of patients with musculoskeletal diseases but its applications in the rheumatological field are rapidly expanding also beyond the strict use for the assessment of joint and periarticular disorders, moving to the assessment of extra-articular involvement (for example salivary gland damage) and vascular inflammation.

This imaging tool can be used directly by rheumatologists during patient evaluations, as a real-time “bedside” approach, thereby enhancing diagnostic accuracy and reducing the time between diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate treatment, that is crucial for most of the rheumatological diseases.

However, the implementation of US in daily clinical practice is still limited mainly due to the lack of trained personnel. Moreover, due to physical and technical limitations US cannot provide adequate information on every clinical question. Integrated imaging (MRI, CT and conventional radiography) should be chosen in those cases in order to add to the clinical puzzle the missing

This course is designed to deliver a cutting-edge update on the applications of US and integrated imaging in Rheumatology, targeting both rheumatologists with ultrasound expertise and those without, providing pragmatic guidance on how to optimize the use of ultrasound and imaging for the clinical evaluation of rheumatologic patients. It encompasses a comprehensive examination of both inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatologic conditions and includes practical imaging sessions, that should increase confidence for the use of US (and integrated imaging) in daily clinical practice and for research purposes.

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