What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Ultrasound-Guided Arthrocentesis?

February 9, 2011

In the next 5 minutes, Wilmer L. Sibbitt Jr, MD-one of the world's leading authorities on the subject-offers succinct answers to questions.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of ultrasound-guided arthrocentesis? What other applications does ultrasound have in primary care? In the next 5 minutes, Wilmer L. Sibbitt Jr, MD-one of the world's leading authorities on the subject-offers succinct answers to these questions. Dr Sibbitt is professor of rheumatology, internal medicine, and neurology; and director of Rheumatologic Ultrasound at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. Dr Sibbitt is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed publications total, most dealing with interventional rheumatology, ultrasound-directed procedures, and/or MRI. Dr Sibbitt is cofounder of 4 high technology startup companies and, in 2008, he was recognized as "One of the 100 Notable People in the Medical Device Industry" by MD&DI Journal-only 4 of whom were university-based.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of ultrasound-guided arthrocentesis? What other applications does ultrasound have in primary care?