Ultrasound imaging for the rheumatologist. XV. Ultrasound imaging in vasculitis

Clin Exp Rheumatol. May-Jun 2008;26(3):391-4.


Over the last few years, a large number of studies have emphasized the fundamental role of ultrasonography (US) in the clinical evaluation of patients affected by rheumatic disorders. However, not all rheumatic diseases have been studied by US. To date, very few reports exist on the use of US in the assessment of articular, periarticular structures and blood vessels in vasculitis. In this review we provide an overview of the current data regarding the role of US in vasculitis. Sonographic evaluation of cardiac or renal involvement in these disorders will not be covered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behcet Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica / diagnostic imaging
  • Rheumatic Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Takayasu Arteritis / diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasonography
  • Vasculitis / diagnostic imaging*