Objectives: The aim of this study is to understand whether or not, and to what extent, clinical examination (CE) of joint involvement in rheumatoid arthritis depends on clinical experience and whether or not, despite clinical experience, ultrasound examination provides more accurate results than CE. Methods: 51 rheumatologists with different professional experience measured in years since MD graduation. All clinicians studied the same patient and they evaluated the wrists and indicated the presence/absence of swelling and its extent (mild, moderate, severe). Three experienced sonographers blinded to clinical findings each performed ultrasound (US) examination of the patient's wrists.
Citation: Laura B, Eleonora B, Cinzia C, Sara M, Lul AA, et al. (2015) Clinical versus Ultrasound Examination to Detect Synovial Effusion of the Wrist in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis. J Med Diagn Meth 4:170.