Volume 27, Issue 4, December 2016

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Mediterr J Rheumatol 2016;27(4):144-6
Commentary: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatoid Arthritis: does it still deserve the same enthusiasm?
Authors Information

1: Private Practice Rheumatologist, MSUS Specialist, MITOS Team

2: Private Practice Rheumatologist, MSUS Specialist, MITOS Team, Orcid id: orcid.org/0000-0002-1294-4071

MITOS Team: Musculoskeletal Imaging Techniques-Ongoing Sonography (A Task Force for Greek Rheumatologists)
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) is thought as a major advance in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic diseases, predominantly inflammatory arthritides. The ability of the method to detect subclinical synovitis and guide treatment strategies accordingly has been indicated by several observational studies showing an association between MSUS-detected synovitis and eventual treatment outcome. However, two recent interventional studies have tested this hypothesis with largely negative results. The implications of these findings to routine clinical practice and future research areas are discussed in this commentary.