CT scans are able to detect cases of gout that are missed by traditional tests. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic examined the use of dual-energy computed tomography and found that they are able to find the painful condition in cases when the typical method of drawing fluid from joints failed.
The clinic presented their study at the American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting in Chicago and they found that by modifying the CT scan to find uric acid crystals they could detect the disease “very accurately” compared to finding the crystals in joints.
Researchers note that the CT Scan process is more expensive then traditional fluid tests but was capable of finding the condition when it had only existed in patients for several days.
While a step forward in the fight against gout detection researchers also noted that in one subset of patients with very acute gout the scan also failed to produce results.
The hope for the CT Scan method is that it can be used when joint fluid can not be obtained and when gout is still expected but a negative result is revealed.
Gout is caused when acid crystals build up in and around joints and while it was once thought to be an affliction of the wealthy researchers warns that it can affect people from all walks of life especially men and women who have went through menopause.
Would you be willing to pay a premium if it meant the proper detection of gout during earlier stages of the condition?