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Could thoracic ultrasound be a new way to diagnose 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 instead of high-resolution computed tomography (HCRT) to diagnose interstitial lung disease (ILD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with respiratory symptoms. Dr Bjørk Sofíudóttir (University of South Denmark, Denmark) pointed out that thoracic ultrasound may be an interesting option to assess ILD as the current method to diagnose ILD is HCRT (accompanied by lung physiological parameters), which is not only expensive and time-consuming but also exposes patients to radiation. Dr Sofíudóttir summed up the strengths of thoracic ultrasound which include the fact that it is radiation-free, minimally time-consuming, as well as cheap and easy which allows for feasible implementation. She also mentioned that there is a strong tradition in rheumatology when it comes to using ultrasound. However, using thoracic ultrasound is highly examiner-dependent and not all areas of the thorax are vi...

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