Dual-energy CT as a potential new diagnostic tool in the management of gout in the acute setting

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Apr;194(4):1072-8. doi: 10.2214/AJR.09.2428.


Objective: Gout is the most common crystal deposition arthropathy currently diagnosed clinically and with arthrocentesis. Dual-energy CT is a promising new imaging technique offering potential new applications in a number of clinical areas.

Conclusion: The ability of dual-energy CT to diagnose early gout and its use as a problem-solving tool is shown here. Diagnosis of subclinical gout could avert associated long-term complications, thereby reducing disease burden and improving overall quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Gout / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Software
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / instrumentation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*