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Role of diagnostic ultrasound in the assessment of musculoskeletal diseases.
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PMID:  23024711     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The wide availability and recent improvement in technology coupled with portability, low cost and safety makes ultrasound the first choice imaging investigation for the evaluation of musculoskeletal diseases. Diagnostic use of ultrasound findings is greatly enhanced by knowledge of the clinical presentation. Conversely, ultrasound skills with its prerequisite anatomical knowledge make the clinical diagnosis more precise and reduce uncertainty in the choice of therapy. Therefore, it is essential for rheumatologists to acquire ultrasonography skills in order to improve patient care. Ultrasound examination provides an excellent opportunity for patient education and to explain the rationale for therapy. This review summarizes the indications for musculoskeletal ultrasound and describes its role in diagnosis, monitoring and prognosis.
Authors:
Pravin Patil; Bhaskar Dasgupta
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Therapeutic advances in musculoskeletal disease     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1759-7218     ISO Abbreviation:  Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-01     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101517322     Medline TA:  Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  341-55     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Southend University Hospital - Rheumatology, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 0RY, UK.
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