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Method that will help in the diagnosis of osteoarthritis is being developed

The method to diagnose osteoarthritis in an early stage so that you can slow the progression of the disease

 
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A new method will help doctors to diagnose osteoarthritis at an early stage so that you can slow the progression of disease in many years, or maybe even you can block it.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease and some chronic diseases that cause most disability worldwide.

"The attacks often osteoarthritis of the knee and hip joints and cuts through the cartilage to absorb shock in the region. The progression of the disease usually takes many years. Occurs a gradual increase in pain and disease often leads to physical disability." Siversson says Carl, who just defended his thesis at Lund University in Sweden.

One of the problems with osteoarthritis has been the diagnosis and monitoring of the disease before symptoms become evident. So it was difficult to change or delay the course of the disease. A few years ago, researchers at Lund University (Sweden) and Harvard Medical School (United States) have developed a method to measure the degree of osteoarthritis using an MRI scanner, even a very early stage of the disease. The method is called dGEMRIC (delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage).

"This was a major breakthrough, but one problem was that the measures could be made only in a limited portion of the cartilage. We must now improve the method of analysis so that we can study all the cartilage in the joint at a time. We have achieved this , solving the problem of how to correct any irregularities through magnetic resonance imaging., "says Carl Siversson.

The method has been tested both in healthy individuals and in individuals with osteoarthritis, and the results show that the disease can now be monitored so that was not possible before, according to Carl Siversson.

"Now we will continue our work to make the method easier for doctors to use them in practice. Our hope is that the method will also be significant for future drug development." he says.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Osteoatrite    Diagnosis    Chronic illness    Research    Lund University   
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