Twenty-four participants from three states gathered in Duke Clinic 1J for hands-on training in the application of musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology April 27-28. Rheumatology and pain management physicians, fellows, physicians assistants, and nurse practitioners learned the basic principles and participated in small group practice using musculoskeletal ultrasound as a diagnostic tool and to guide therapeutic injections.
"The collegial and relaxed environment of the course made for an exceptional learning experience," said course director, Robert Keenan, MD, MPH. "The faculty greatly enjoyed teaching as much as the participants enjoyed learning. All of the students finished the course with a breadth of knowledge and the capability of applying it to clinical practice to better care for their patients."
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) has been an increasingly important imaging modality in rheumatology.
Over the last 15 years, rheumatologists have published more papers on musculoskeletal ultrasound than any other specialty. Indications for MSK US in rheumatology include early detection of erosive disease and enthesitis, assessment of synovial thickening, joint effusions crystal disease and even treatment response. MSK US can also be used for needle guidance in arthrocentesis and injections.