Updated 15 December 2015

Ultrasound for arthritis

Now, sufferers of this joint disorder can have a better chance of avoiding irreversible damage and achieve remission.


A local campaign hoping to steadily transform the way inflammatory arthritis is diagnosed and monitored has launched their Treat to Target (T2T) initiative in time with World Arthritis day.

The campaign is facilitating the adoption of musculoskeletal utrasound for diagnostic imaging by doctors trained in the art of diagnosing diseases of the joints (rheumatologists). What this basically means is that specialists can now spot soft-tissue disorders faster for an easier diagnosis and prevention.

This technique can also help rheumatologists determine if a particular treatment is working and whether the disease is still active or not.

Most people are familiar with ultrasound as a scanning technique used during pregnancy to monitor the growth of a baby in the womb and the same, safe procedure is used when looking at joints for inflammation.

Just, the frequency of the probe is higher for a closer look which makes this process of spotting arthritis safe and just as painless.

The T2T campaign has been promoting the benefits of using musculoskeletal technique for the last two years and training South African rheumatologists and specialist nurses for this exact purpose.

*For more information visit the T2T Facebook page or contact Dean Krawitz on 011 326 3428.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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