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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Apr;194(4):1072-8. doi: 10.2214/AJR.09.2428.

Dual-energy CT as a potential new diagnostic tool in the management of gout in the acute setting.

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ER Radiology Division, Radiology Department, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada. savvas.nicolaou@vch.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Gout is the most common crystal deposition arthropathy currently diagnosed clinically and with arthrocentesis. Dual-energy CT is a promising new imaging technique offering potential new applications in a number of clinical areas.

CONCLUSION:

The ability of dual-energy CT to diagnose early gout and its use as a problem-solving tool is shown here. Diagnosis of subclinical gout could avert associated long-term complications, thereby reducing disease burden and improving overall quality of life.

PMID:
20308513
DOI:
10.2214/AJR.09.2428
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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