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Thoracic ultrasound: a new diagnostic imaging tool in RA-ILD?

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Dr Bjørk Sofíudóttir, University of South Denmark, Denmark
NLC 2022
The AURORA study aims to determine whether thoracic ultrasound can be used compared with the current reference standard, high-resolution computed tomography (HCRT), to accurately diagnose interstitial lung disease (ILD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with respiratory symptoms. Dr Bjørk Sofíudóttir (University of South Denmark, Denmark) pointed out that point-of-care thoracic ultrasound may offer an interesting option to assess ILD as the current method to diagnose ILD is HCRT (in combination with lung physiological parameters). Dr Sofíudóttir summed up the potential advantages of thoracic ultrasound imaging including the fact that it is radiation-free, minimally time-consuming, as well as cheap and easily applicable during out-patient consultation which allows for feasible implementation and direct read-outs. She also mentioned that there is a strong tradition in rheumatology when it comes to using ultrasound. Potential drawbacks include the highly ...

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