Gout and DECT
Dual-energy computerized tomography (DECT) scans can detect gout in patients whose aspirates tested negative for the disease. Researchers (Tim Bongartz, MD et al) at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA) conducted a single-center study of 40 patients with active gout and 41 with other types of joint disease to examine the usefulness of DECT for detecting monosodium urate (MSU) deposits; the results were calculated against a combined reference standard (polarizing and electron microscopy of synovial fluid). The study was published on March 25, 2014, in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
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Gout and DECT Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Friday, April 11, 2014 Rating: