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Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2012 Dec;26(6):823-38. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2012.09.003.

Imaging of gout: an overview.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand.


The diverse clinical states and sites of pathology in gout provide challenges when considering the features apparent on imaging. Ideally, an imaging modality should capture all aspects of disease including monosodium urate crystal deposition, acute inflammation, tophus, tissue remodelling and complications of disease. The modalities used in gout include conventional radiography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and dual-energy computed tomography. This review discusses the role of each of these imaging modalities in gout, focussing on the imaging characteristics, role in gout diagnosis and role for disease monitoring. Ultrasonography and dual-energy computed tomography are particularly promising methods for both non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of disease. The observation that ultrasonographic appearances of monosodium urate crystal deposition can be observed in patients with hyperuricaemia but no other clinical features of gout raises important questions about disease definitions.

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