The italian MSUS study group recommendations for the format and content of the report and documentation in musculoskeletal ultrasonography in rheumatology

Annamaria Iagnocco, Francesco Porta, Giovanna Cuomo, Andrea Delle sedie, Emilio Filippucci, Walter Grassi, Garifallia Sakellariou, Oscar Epis, Antonella Adinolfi, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Orazio De lucia, Luca Di geso, Valentina Di sabatino, Alessandra Gabba, Angelica Gattamelata, Marwin Gutierrez, Laura Massaro, Marco Massarotti, Carlo Perricone, Valentina PicernoViviana Ravagnani, Lucrezia Riente, Crescenzio Scioscia, Esperanza Naredo, Georgios Filippou

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Abstract

Objective. The objective of this study was to draw up a set of recommendations for the format and content of the musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSUS) report in rheumatology.Methods. A panel of rheumatologists, members of the MSUS Study Group of the Italian Society of Rheumatology, met in order to identify the main discrepancies in the MSUS report. A set of 15 recommendations was then defined, aimed at resolving the main discrepancies. They consisted of information about the motivations for the MSUS examination, the equipment, the US modalities and scanning technique, a list of the examined structures and findings, the scoring/grading systems, the number of images and main findings to include and conclusions. Subsequently a Delphi-based procedure was started in order to obtain agreement on a core set of recommendations. Consensus for each recommendation was considered achieved when the percentage of agreement was >75%.Results. Three complete rounds were performed. The response rate was 85.2% for the first round, 78.3% for the second and 88.9% for the third. Finally, consensus was obtained for 14 of 15 statements. These 14 statements represent the recommendations of the group for the format and content of the report and documentation in MSUS in rheumatology.Conclusion. To the best of our knowledge, our group has produced the first recommendations for the format and content of the report and documentation in MSUS in rheumatology. The report is an integral part of the MSUS examination and its use in a homogeneous form can help in the correct interpretation of the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberket356
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalRheumatology
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Recommendations
  • Report
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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