Ultrasound Imaging Solutions for RA
First-line tools for early disease detection.
Ultrasound is rapidly becoming a standard imaging tool to help rheumatologists assess patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This sensitive imaging modality offers real-time visualization of human soft tissue and vascularization to help detect synovitis and bone erosions, especially in early phases of the disease. Ultrasound imaging helps the rheumatologists during the treatment of the patient and in the monitoring of the disease to help bring the patient into remission.
Ultrasound should be the first-line imaging modality in suspected early cases of RA, and Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) can further enable for sensitive assessment of vascularity which correlates to disease activity.1 GE Healthcare’s family of ultrasound imaging solutions offers rheumatologists a broad range of tools that seek to help improve the care of patients with RA.
Data from a clinical study showed that “ultrasound detected 23% more erosions than conventional radiography. And other studies support the evidence that ultrasound provides the highest sensitivity in detecting bone erosions at the II MCP joint, especially in rheumatoid arthritis.” 2