Ultrasound technology has dramatically evolved since it was first used more than 75 years ago. By harnessing sound (rather than radiation) – physicians can quickly & painlessly observe many different structures in real-time with no known risks[1]. It is precisely for this reason that nearly all people have seen an ultrasound image in pregnancy.

The ARBDA Rheumatologists hold extensive and specialized training in performing & interpreting ultrasounds for many musculoskeletal diseases. Because ultrasound is a non-invasive, real-time view of how your body appears below the skin – the uses for this technology in practice is ever-expanding.

“The ARBDA Ultrasound Program is headed by Amy Evangelisto, M.D., RhMSUS who is considered to be one of the foremost experts in the field of rheumatologic applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Evangelisto recently served as the President of Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists and holds extensive training & certifications in both diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound techniques. Dr. Evangelisto works extensively with the entire ARBDA team by providing ongoing education, training, and employing new technologies to advance the treatment for all of ARBDA’s patients.”

The Use of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Bone & Joint Diseases.

Diagnostic Ultrasounds are used throughout the world to better understand and describe the underlying causes of diseases & pain.

Specifically, ultrasound technology can be used in assessing quite a few different diseases that rheumatologists treat such as:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis,
  • Gout & Pseudogout,
  • Spondylarthritis,
  • “Soft Tissue” Arthritis,
  • Osteoarthritis,
  • Osteoporosis, and many others.

Additionally, a new innovation (known as the “Doppler” technique) has allowed doctors the see how blood is flowing through the arteries and veins of the body.
The newest ultrasounds are so sensitive that they can often “see” certain types of inflammation (called, “synovitis”) before you even notice this is occurring[2].

[1] https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/medical-imaging/ultrasound-imaging#benefitsrisks
[2] Francesco Porta, Goran Radunovic, Violeta Vlad, Mihaela C. Micu, Rodina Nestorova, Tzvetanka Petranova, Annamaria Iagnocco, The role of Doppler ultrasound in rheumatic diseases, Rheumatology, Volume 51, Issue 6, June 2012, Pages 976–982, https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/ker433