Fundraising for an Ultrasound machine for the Rheumatology Department
We are now fundraising for a new ultrasound machine for the Rheumatology Department. The machine will assist in the early diagnosis and treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks healthy tissues causing pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. RA affects around 400,000 people aged 16 and over in the UK, with the team at DCH seeing around 4,000 patients a year and 160 patients referred every year. The ultrasound scan allows a picture of the patient's joints to be created using high-frequency sound waves. The scan can then be used to check for joint inflammation and damage, to diagnose the condition and to check how it is developing.
The Matron for Specialist Medicine said 'Rheumatoid Arthritis can be difficult to diagnose as the diagnosis is based on a whole package of tests. An ultrasound scan is an important part of this package but unfortunately it is not something we currently have available at DCH, Early diagnosis is very important as the condition can rapidly worsen so early intervention can help to avoid long-term problems.'
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