Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program
Dr. Ralf Thiele is specifically looking at using high frequency ultrasound, power doppler and 3D ultrasound to identify tophi in gout as well as synovitis and enthesitis in gout, RA and PsA.
Ultrasonography is now appreciated as a valuable tool for diagnosis, monitoring, and intervention in Rheumatology. We are routinely using ultrasound in our out-patient clinic for:
Early detection of erosive disease
Assessment of synovial tissue, effusions, treatment response and crystal arthropathy
Detection of enthesitis in seronegative spondyloarthritis
Needle guidance in aspiration, injection and biopsy