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Professor Georg Schett, MD
Erlangen, Germany

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Professor Nicola Dalbeth, MD
Auckland, New Zealand

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“Our understanding of the disease has really shifted as we've been able to visualize the disease better. If patients do have tophi, this is an excellent indication for urate-lowering therapy.”

– PROFESSOR NICOLA DALBETH, MD

VISUAL INSPECTION OF TOPHI IS NOT ALWAYS SUFFICIENT

Image comparing MRI and DECT scans of foot for the detection of gouty tophiImage comparing MRI and DECT scans of foot for the detection of gouty tophiImage comparing MRI and DECT scans of foot for the detection of gouty tophi

Images have been adapted with permission from Nicolaou S, et al. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012;199:S78-S86.2

The mere inspection of the patient is not sufficient in chronic gout. We want to actually know what the stage of the disease is. Dual-energy CT scans increase the possibility of finding tophi.

– PROFESSOR GEORG SCHETT, MD

Get more information about the current state of Gout Research

  • Desai MA, et al. Radiogr Rev Publ Radiol Soc N Am Inc. 2011;31(5):1365-1375; discussion 1376-1377.
  • Nicolaou S, et al. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012;199:S78-S86.

Additional resources

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DUAL-ENERGY MULTIDETECTOR CT: HOW DOES IT WORK, WHAT CAN IT TELL US, AND WHEN CAN WE USE IT?

Courtney Coursey’s 2010 article in RadioGraphics details how DECT scans work and how they allow doctors and scientists to monitor the body and uric acid crystal deposits in 3-D using x-rays.

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DUAL-ENERGY CT FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF GOUT: AN ACCURACY AND DIAGNOSTIC YIELD STUDY

Tim Bongartz’s 2010 article in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases details the accuracy of using DECT scans in diagnosing gout at various stages of the disease.

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TAKE A DEEPER LOOK AT GOUT

View collections of gout images from various advanced imaging techniques to see the full scope of damage that tophi can cause.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

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