IMAGING IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS CLINICAL PRACTICE*

CT, Computed Tomography; US, Ultrasonography; MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging

This presentation provides healthcare practitioners with an overview of the principles and terminology behind imaging in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It outlines the advantages and limitations of MRI, ultrasound, CT scan, and X-ray. This presentation also performs a deeper exploration of ultrasound as one of the only physician-operated and -interpreted imaging modalities. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is discussed in terms of its potential for application in the clinical management of patients with RA. There is also a short video demonstrating the use of ultrasound in RA. This program is intended to be supplementary and should not by itself be considered complete training for ultrasound.

This program is intended to be supplementary and should not by itself be considered complete training regarding use of imaging modalities for RA.

Content developed in conjunction with Orrin M. Troum, MD, FACR and Alvin Wells, MD, PhD.

*This program is for rheumatology fellows only.

Faculty

CHARLES H. PRITCHARD, MD, FACR

Physician
Rheumatic Disease Associates, Ltd
Professor
Abington Memorial Hospital, Temple University, and
Drexel University

As former president of the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society and director of Rheumatology Education at Abington Memorial Hospital, Dr Pritchard has long established himself as a respected leader in rheumatology. He serves as an associate member of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr Pritchard teaches at Abington Memorial Hospital, Temple University Hospital, and Drexel University, and he is a member of the attending staff at Doylestown Hospital.

Dr Pritchard completed his undergraduate degree at Lafayette College, his medical doctorate at George Washington University Medical School, his residency at Washington Hospital Center, and his fellowship in rheumatology at Temple University.

GUILLERMO J. VALENZUELA, MD, FACR

Rheumatologist
Medical Director, Integral Rheumatology &
Immunology Specialists (IRIS)

Dr Valenzuela graduated from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine and finished his Internal Medicine training at New York Medical College. He also attended Cornell University where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical immunology and a clinical fellowship in rheumatology.

In practice for more than 20 years, Dr Valenzuela is widely recognized as a leader in the treatment of complex cases of arthritic and rheumatic diseases and is the founder of IRIS, a leading rheumatology private practice in South Florida.

As the Director of IRIS R&D, Dr Valenzuela leads clinical research in both medical technology and rheumatic and immunologic diseases. He is also an active member of multiple domestic and international scientific societies and is currently president-elect of the Florida Society of Rheumatology.

Dr Valenzuela has been a voluntary assistant professor at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and is chief of rheumatology clinics at the Broward Health System in Fort Lauderdale, FL.