“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
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
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.
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.See the damage
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Learn about a treatment option for chronic gout.Find out more
- 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.