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Children who suffer from conditions such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis often require regular injections of steroids to reduce pain and inflammation in their affected joints.
As these joints are difficult to locate, doctors use radiological guidance to ensure the medication is administered correctly.
The Sonosite ultrasound machine has been used regularly in the rheumatology department to guide this placement of joint injections and further assess a variety of symptoms.
According to Dr Senq Lee, Rheumatology Consultant at PMH, it is safe and painless and fun for most kids.
The ultrasound has been very useful and has also improved procedural safety and minimised radiation exposure to x-rays as some joint injections requiring x-ray guidance have been replaced with ultrasound guidance