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Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program

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

Research Overview

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.

Dr. Darren Tabechian assists the Accelerated Medicines Partnership in RA and SLE research program at URMC by employing his expertise in ultrasound guided biopsies of the synovium.

Ralf Thiele
Ralf Thiele, MD

Darren Tabechian
Darren Tabechian, MD