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Diagnostic Joint Imaging in Rheumatology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128216309

Diagnostic Joint Imaging in Rheumatology

1st Edition

Authors: Girish Gandikota Rory Marks
Paperback ISBN: 9780128216309
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st August 2021
Page Count: 325
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Diagnostic Joint Imaging in Rheumatology presents a practical and comprehensive approach that provides a robust framework for review and interpretation of joint imaging studies. This resource is organized by anatomic region affected - different from current books in the market organized by disease. This approach of addressing each individual region is more valuable to learners, who will be prompted to consult this reference after being presented with patients who have symptoms affecting specific anatomic regions. Patients present with pain/stiffness in affected joints/regions and not with established diagnoses. A high proportion of patients presenting to primary care practitioners, including internists, have symptoms based in musculoskeletal disease. An even higher proportion of patients presenting to rheumatologists have symptoms and signs of musculoskeletal disorders. These patients need to be assessed for joint diseases, and in addition to ‘standard’ data collection, diagnostic imaging is often an integral element of the evaluation. Trainees, internists and rheumatologists will benefit from the convenient access to this reference source that clearly delineates the scenarios in which joint imaging could aid in making a diagnosis, which imaging modalities to request, the sensitivity and specificity of the imaging test for each type of joint disease, most importantly - how to make their own assessment of the imaging, and when to request help from a musculoskeletal radiologist.

Key Features

  • Pulls together a collection of patient-derived imaging data that will significantly contribute to the development of more robust precision medicine approaches to joint health
  • Focuses on simple imaging techniques that do not require expensive and technologically demanding techniques, making this relevant in lower resource settings world-wide
  • Illustrates the importance of plain radiographs in the diagnosis of many rheumatologic diseases


Physician trainees, practitioners, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in Rheumatology and related disciplines. Medical students and biomedical researchers and educators interested in this area

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction - Why write this book?
    2. How joints are affected by different types of arthritis
    3. How imaging can be diagnostic for specific rheumatologic diseases
    4. Role of cross-sectional imaging, and how to use this judiciously for diagnosing specific rheumatological conditions and documenting treatment response
    5. General outline for how to assess joint x-ray’s (ABCD’S)
    6. Hand
    7. Wrist
    8. Elbow
    9. Shoulder
    10. Cervical spine
    11. Thoracic-Lumbar spine and pelvis
    12. Hip
    13. Knee
    14. Ankle
    15. Foot


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About the Authors

Girish Gandikota

Dr. Girish Gandikota is Associate Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan specializing in Musculoskeletal Radiology. He received his MBBS from Stanley Medical College, Chennai India, and did his postgraduate training in the UK where he obtained board certifications in surgery (FRCS) and Radiology (FRCR). He completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at the McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Following fellowship, he joined the University of Michigan as a lecturer. He received American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification, obtained ultrasound RMSK certification from ARDMS, and is the Vice-Chair of the Assessment Oversight Team (AOT) RMSK-ARDMS appointed for the musculoskeletal physician examination. Research interests include MSK ultrasound, sports medicine and arthritis. He is a co-investigator on a NIH RO1 grant on arthritis. As an associate director of the residency program, he has an interest in teaching and discovering more effective teaching techniques in a digital environment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine, Specializing in Musculoskeletal Radiology, University of Michigan, USA

Rory Marks

Dr. Rory M. Marks is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and Program Director for Rheumatology training. He received his undergraduate and graduate medical education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia; trained in Internal Medicine, Clinical Immunology and Pathology; and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan before his appointment in the Division of Rheumatology. He is Board certified in Rheumatology and maintains his original certification in Clinical Immunology and in Pathology. Dr. Marks maintains a strong interest in clinical care and fellow education, including an interest in the teaching and quantitative evaluation of the Core competencies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Program Director, Rheumatology training, USA

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