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Screening for rheumatoid arthritis with finger joint power Doppler ultrasonography: quantification of conventional power Doppler ultrasonographic scoring.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19533268     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Power Doppler ultrasonography (PD-US) has proved to be a useful technique to measure synovial vascularity due to its capability to provide data that can be used to evaluate the level of joint inflammation and assess rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We have developed a novel PD-US finger joint scoring method that introduces quantitative measurements into the conventional PD-US assessment method. A comparison of the two methods revealed that our novel PD-US method strongly correlates with the conventional method in terms of RA assessment. We performed finger joint PD-US on 69 patients with RA and 70 patients who had multiple joint pain but showed no evidence of inflammatory diseases (non-inflammatory disease, NI) and measured the synovial vascularity of the metacarpophalangeal joints 1-5 and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints 1-5 for each patient. We analyzed the data with receiver operating characteristic analysis and, based on the results for the total vascularity of 20 finger joints, defined a cut-off value of 36% as discriminating between RA and NI. This cut-off value was found to be a valuable tool in screening for RA. We conclude that our finger joint PD-US scoring system is both useful and applicable for diagnosing RA.
Jun Fukae; Masato Shimizu; Yujiro Kon; Kazuhide Tanimura; Megumi Matsuhashi; Tamotsu Kamishima; Takao Koike
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2009-06-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Modern rheumatology / the Japan Rheumatism Association     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1439-7609     ISO Abbreviation:  Mod Rheumatol     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-08     Completed Date:  2010-01-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959226     Medline TA:  Mod Rheumatol     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  502-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Rheumatic Diseases, Tokeidai Memorial Hospital, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Arthralgia / ultrasonography*
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / ultrasonography*
Diagnosis, Differential
Finger Joint / ultrasonography*
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Inflammation / ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Reproducibility of Results
Synovial Fluid / ultrasonography
Synovial Membrane / ultrasonography
Ultrasonography, Doppler

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