▲ The medical staff of the Division of Rheumatology are taking a commemorative photograph, marking the momentous achievement of conducting 10,000 musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations. This milestone serves as a testament to their dedication and expertise in the field.
The Division of Rheumatology has recently accomplished a significant milestone of conducting 10,000 musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a diagnostic test employed for diagnosing inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as evaluating therapeutic outcomes and administering intra-articular injection therapy.
The Division of Rheumatology introduced ultrasound equipment in 2018, and the utilization of musculoskeletal ultrasound has shown a consistent increase each year. Specifically, the number of cases recorded was 393 in 2019, 1,508 in 2020, 2,954 in 2021, and 3,857 in 2022. Additionally, since 2020, the Division of Rheumatology has also conducted salivary gland ultrasounds to diagnose Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects the salivary glands.
Professor Yong-Gil Kim, the Chair of the Division of Rheumatology, expressed, "Incorporating musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations into the outpatient visits has enhanced the satisfaction of arthritis patients with limited mobility. Furthermore, it has proven to be instrumental in accurately diagnosing and treating various types of arthritis diseases."