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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141665/matrix-metalloproteinase-3-and-the-7-joint-ultrasound-score-in-the-assessment-of-disease-activity-and-therapeutic-efficacy-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ling Zhou, Geng Wang, Xin Liu, Jing Song, Ling Chen, Huji Xu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the reliability and validity of serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) levels and articular ultrasound (US) scores in assessing disease activity and therapeutic response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: A total of 151 RA patients were enrolled, of whom 22 were treated with certolizumab pegol (Cimzia, CZP). The RA patients were divided into the following four subgroups according to their disease activity score in 28 joints (DAS28): stable, mild activity, moderate activity, and high activity...
November 15, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139316/association-of-gastrocnemius-muscle-stiffness-with-passive-ankle-joint-stiffness-and-sex-related-difference-in-the-joint-stiffness
#2
Kintaro Chino, Hideyuki Takashi
Passive ankle joint stiffness is affected by all structures located within and over the joint, and is greater in men than in women. Localized muscle stiffness can be assessed by ultrasound shear wave elastography, and muscle architecture such as fascicle length and pennation angle can be measured by B-mode ultrasonography. Thus, we assessed localized muscle stiffness of the medial gastrocnemius (MG) with consideration of individual variability in the muscle architecture, and examined the association of the muscle stiffness with passive ankle joint stiffness and the sex-related difference in the joint stiffness...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137792/effects-of-radiator-shapes-on-the-bubble-diving-and-dispersion-of-ultrasonic-argon-process
#3
Xuan Liu, Jilai Xue, Qiang Zhao, Qichi Le, Zhiqiang Zhang
In this work, three ultrasonic radiators in different shapes have been designed in order to investigate the effects of radiator shapes on the argon bubble dispersion and diving as well as the degassing efficiency on magnesium melt. The radiator shape has a strong influence on the bubble diving and dispersion by ultrasound. A massive argon bubble slowly flows out from the radiator with the hemispherical cap, due to the covering hemispherical cap. Using a concave radiator can intensively crush the argon bubbles and drive them much deep into the water/melt, depending on the competition between the argon flow and opposite joint shear force from the concave surface...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132381/patients-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-clinical-remission-with-positive-power-doppler-signal-in-joint-ultrasonography-have-an-increased-rate-of-clinical-flare-a-prospective-study
#4
Vanessa Bugni Miotto E Silva, Sônia de Aguiar Vilela Mitraud, Rita Nely Vilar Furtado, Jamil Natour, Claudio Arnaldo Len, Maria Teresa de Sande E Lemos Ramos Ascensão Terreri
BACKGROUND: Ultrasonography (US) studies carried out on joints of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients in clinical remission demonstrate the presence of subclinical synovitis. The significance of subclinical synovitis and the positive power Doppler (PD) signal on US in JIA in clinical remission is not well understood. The objectives of this study were to assess whether the changes detected by US in patients with JIA in clinical remission can predict disease flare and to evaluate factors associated with flare and joint damage over 30 months of follow-up...
November 13, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128864/association-of-%C3%AE-2-hs-glycoprotein-with-neurogenic-heterotopic-ossification-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Liwei Dong, Guodong Dong, Jianye Cao, Jing Zhang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between the α2-HS glycoprotein concentrations in serum and the occurrence of neurogenic heterotopic ossification (NHO) in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). MATERIAL AND METHODS During the period between January 2011 and January 2012, 75 patients (67 male) with paraplegia caused by spinal cord injury were enrolled. The patients were divided into 2 groups in accordance with the occurrence of heterotopic ossification based on the results high-frequency ultrasound on the bilateral hip joint...
November 12, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122317/sonographic-and-anatomic-description-of-the-subtalar-joint
#6
Peter Mandl, David Bong, Peter V Balint, Hilde Berner Hammer, Maribel Miguel, Esperanza Naredo, Lene Terslev, Ingrid Möller
Our study provides a detailed anatomic and sonographic description of the subtalar joint, a single joint that, anatomically, is divided into the anterior subtalar joint (ASTJ) and the posterior subtalar joint (PSTJ). Cadaver specimens of the ankle and foot were examined in detail by ultrasound (US), and the subtalar joints of all the specimens were injected with colored latex of a contrasting color under US guidance. Compatible with other studies, examination of the sections revealed lack of communication between the ASTJ and the PSTJ and communication between the PSTJ and the posterior recess of the tibiotalar joint...
November 6, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120570/early-referral-improves-long-term-outcomes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#7
Jobie Evans, Andra Negoescu
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common, chronic systemic inflammatory disease of unclear aetiology leading to synovial hypertrophy and joint inflammation. It typically presents with symmetrical polyarthritis of small joints of the hands or feet, but can also involve larger joints, and have associated extra-articular manifestations. Diagnosis is based on duration of symptoms, joint distribution, level of inflammatory markers and autoantibodies i.e. rheumatoid factor(RhF) and anty-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibodies...
May 2017: Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111161/effect-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-on-joint-injury-and-post-traumatic-osteoarthritis-an-animal-study
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Talal Zahoor, Reed Mitchell, Priya Bhasin, Yi Guo, Sharada Paudel, Lew Schon, Zijun Zhang
This study investigated the therapeutic potential of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). Intra-articular fracture of the medial tibial plateau was surgically created in 30 rats. LIPUS was applied to the operated joints either for the first 2 wk (LIPUS1-2 group) or in weeks 4 and 5 after intra-articular fracture (LIPUS4-5 group). In controls, the operated knees were not treated with LIPUS (LIPUS0 group). The rats were monitored with weekly gait analysis and euthanized at week 8...
October 27, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102985/study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-ultrasound-guided-pulsed-radiofrequency-of-the-genicular-nerves-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-osteoarthritis-knee-pain
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Javier Mata, Pedro Valentí, Beatriz Hernández, Bartolome Mir, Jose Luis Aguilar
INTRODUCTION: The goals for the management of patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee are to control pain and to minimise disability. Because the number of patients will increase as the population ages, alternative approaches to alleviate their joint pain other than conventional treatments are necessary. The purpose of this article is to present a refined protocol to determine if there is long-term improvement in pain and function after ultrasound-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment of the genicular nerves (GNs) in patients with chronic painful knee OA...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101982/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-imaging-after%C3%A2-total%C3%A2-knee-arthroplasty
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Mary G Hochman, Yulia V Melenevsky, Darlene F Metter, Catherine C Roberts, Jenny T Bencardino, R Carter Cassidy, Michael G Fox, Mark J Kransdorf, Douglas N Mintz, Nehal A Shah, Kirstin M Small, Stacy E Smith, Kathy M Tynus, Barbara N Weissman
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is the most commonly performed joint replacement procedure in the United States and annual demand for primary TKA is expected to grow by 673% by 2030. The first part provides an overview of imaging modalities (radiographs, CT, MRI, ultrasound, and various nuclear medicine studies) and discusses their usefulness in the imaging evaluation of TKA. The second part focuses on evidence-based imaging and imaging-guided intervention algorithms for the workup of TKA and its complications, including routine follow-up, component wear, periprosthetic infection, aseptic loosening, granulomas/osteolysis, conventional and rotational instability, periprosthetic fracture, patellar complications, and a variety of periprosthetic soft tissue abnormalities...
November 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101339/a-functional-study-of-human-inflammatory-arthritis-using-photoacoustic-imaging
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Janggun Jo, Guan Xu, Meng Cao, April Marquardt, Sheeja Francis, Girish Gandikota, Xueding Wang
By using our dual-modality system enabling simultaneous real-time ultrasound (US) and photoacoustic (PA) imaging of human peripheral joints, we explored the potential contribution of PA imaging modality to rheumatology clinic. By performing PA imaging at a single laser wavelength, the spatially distributed hemoglobin content reflecting the hyperemia in synovial tissue in metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints of 16 patients were imaged, and compared to the results from 16 healthy controls. In addition, by performing PA imaging at two laser wavelengths, the spatially distributed hemoglobin oxygenation reflecting the hypoxia in inflammatory joints of 10 patients were imaged, and compared to the results from 10 healthy controls...
November 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100187/mechanical-muscle-and-tendon-properties-of-the-plantar-flexors-are-altered-even-in-highly-functional-children-with-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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Annika Kruse, Christian Schranz, Martin Svehlik, Markus Tilp
BACKGROUND: Recent ultrasound studies found increased passive muscle stiffness and no difference in tendon stiffness in highly impaired children and young adults with cerebral palsy. However, it is not known if muscle and tendon mechanical properties are already altered in highly functional children with cerebral palsy. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the mechanical and material properties of the plantar flexors in highly functional children with cerebral palsy and typically developing children...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097033/-the-tumors-of-the-ear
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X Dubernard, J-C Kleiber, E Brenet, M-A Louges, Y Veleine, M Labrousse, M Makeieff, A Bazin, A Chays
Any cutaneous lesion of the outer ear must be managed jointly by a dermatologist and an ENT, regardless of the age of the patient. The presence of a malignant cutaneous carcinoma (Squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma) of the pavilion requires a minimum extension assessment by a cervical ultrasound, CT-scan and MRI will be prescribed according to the degree of infiltration and the presence of clinics signs (lymphadenopathy, facial paralysis, cognitive impairment). A polyp of the external auditory meatus must be systematically biopsied in consultation and, if necessary, in the operating room with fresh anatomopathological analysis...
October 30, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092995/clicky-hip-alone-is-not-a-true-risk-factor-for-developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip
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K Nie, S Rymaruk, R W Paton
AIMS: A clicky hip is a common referral for clinical and sonographic screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). There is controversy regarding whether it represents a true risk factor for pathological DDH. Therefore a 20-year prospective, longitudinal, observational study was undertaken to assess the relationship between the presence of a neonatal clicky hip and pathological DDH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 362 infants from 1997 to 2016 were referred with clicky hips to our 'one-stop' paediatric hip screening clinic...
November 2017: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092994/low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-for-treatment-of-tibial-fractures-an-economic-evaluation-of-the-trust-study
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J E Tarride, R B Hopkins, G Blackhouse, N Burke, M Bhandari, H Johal, G H Guyatt, J W Busse
AIMS: This 501-patient, multi-centre, randomised controlled trial sought to establish the effect of low-intensity, pulsed, ultrasound (LIPUS) on tibial shaft fractures managed with intramedullary nailing. We conducted an economic evaluation as part of this trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data for patients' use of post-operative healthcare resources and time taken to return to work were collected and costed using publicly available sources. Health-related quality of life, assessed using the Health Utilities Index Mark-3 (HUI-3), was used to derive quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)...
November 2017: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089198/dynamic-ultrasound-imaging-for-the-assessment-of-extensor-tendon-adhesion-after-fifth-metacarpal-intraarticular-head-fracture-a-case-report
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Tugce Ozekli Misirlioglu, Hakan Ozben
STUDY DESIGN: Case report. INTRODUCTION: Development of extensor tendon adhesions is a common complication after intra-articular metacarpal head fracture. Whenever these adhesions cannot be mobilized by rehabilitation, tenolysis should be considered. However, the decision for tenolysis is often delayed. When the rehabilitation program comes to a plateau and clinical examination may not be sufficient to find out the cause, dynamic ultrasound (US) can show where the gliding mechanism is disrupted and help clinicians to give an accurate decision for determining the next steps...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077737/a-medical-imaging-analysis-system-for-trigger-finger-using-an-adaptive-texture-based-active-shape-model-atasm-in-ultrasound-images
#17
Bo-I Chuang, Li-Chieh Kuo, Tai-Hua Yang, Fong-Chin Su, I-Ming Jou, Wei-Jr Lin, Yung-Nien Sun
Trigger finger has become a prevalent disease that greatly affects occupational activity and daily life. Ultrasound imaging is commonly used for the clinical diagnosis of trigger finger severity. Due to image property variations, traditional methods cannot effectively segment the finger joint's tendon structure. In this study, an adaptive texture-based active shape model method is used for segmenting the tendon and synovial sheath. Adapted weights are applied in the segmentation process to adjust the contribution of energy terms depending on image characteristics at different positions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075525/chest-wall-underappreciated-structure-in-sonography-part-i-examination-methodology-and-ultrasound-anatomy
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REVIEW
Andrzej Smereczyński, Katarzyna Kołaczyk, Elżbieta Bernatowicz
Chest wall ultrasound has been awarded little interest in the literature, with chest wall anatomy described only in limited extent. The objective of this study has been to discuss the methodology of chest wall ultrasound and the sonographic anatomy of the region to facilitate professional evaluation of this complex structure. The primarily used transducer is a 7-12 MHz linear one. A 3-5 MHz convex (curvilinear) transducer may also be helpful, especially in obese and very muscular patients. Doppler and panoramic imaging options are essential...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075523/standards-for-musculoskeletal-ultrasound
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REVIEW
Zbigniew Czyrny
Ultrasound has become the primary diagnostic tool in traumatic, inflammatory and degenerative soft tissue conditions. It is also used to monitor the condition of joints, ligaments, cartilage and muscles. Its widespread availability as well as cases of unsatisfactory quality of equipment and the lack of appropriate training of ultrasound examiners are reasons why standards need to be set for equipment requirements, the scope of ultrasound assessment and examiner's experience. The paper discusses ultrasound criteria that are common for many specialties as well as detailed criteria for the examined regions and structures along with their description...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075519/evaluation-of-musculoskeletal-symptoms-among-physicians-performing-ultrasound
#20
Paweł Wareluk, Wiesław Jakubowski
AIM OF THE STUDY: Owing to its wide availability, relatively low cost and lack of negative effect on the patient, ultrasound has become the most commonly and readily used imaging modality. However, scanning for increasingly long periods of time on a given day and in a given week tends to negatively affect sonographers' health, primarily resulting with the overuse of the musculoskeletal system, as multiple muscles and joints are engaged during scanning. This research has been aimed at evaluating the prevalence and type of musculoskeletal symptoms among diagnostic medical sonographers, as well as identifying their professional profile...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasonography
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