J Rheum Dis 2016; 23(1): 11-18  
Recent Trends of Ultrasound in Rheumatology
Taeyoung Kang1, Richard J. Wakefield2,3, Paul Emery2,3
1Department of Rheumatology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea, 2Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Chapel Allerton Hospital, University of Leeds, and 3NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, United Kingdom
Correspondence to: Taeyoung Kang
Department of Rheumatology, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Yonsei University Wonju College of
Medicine, 20 Ilsan-ro, Wonju 26426, Korea. E-mail:taeyoung@yonsei.ac.kr
Received: December 16, 2015; Revised: January 21, 2016; Accepted: January 22, 2016; Published online: February 29, 2016.
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Owing to the ability of musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) to depict cross sectional images of synovial joint and related structures, US has become the most reliable tool for evaluation of arthritic activity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). US can detect early synovitis, assess disease activity, and determine true remission in patients with RA. US also can detect early enthesitis in patients with spondyloarthropathies. In addition, US can provide a reliable tool for measuring skin thickness in patients with systemic sclerosis. With guidance of injection or aspiration, US can result in a better clinical outcome. Thus, educational needs and research networks are increasing. We present a review of rheumatology US, focusing on recent trends and advances. (J Rheum Dis 2016;23:11-18)
Keywords: Doppler ultrasonography, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma systemic, Spondylitis ankylosing

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