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UCLA Rheumatology is one of the premier institutions leading important musculoskeletal ultrasound research, developing ACR guidelines for the appropriateness of musculoskeletal ultrasound clinical use. T
We are able to offer ultrasound guided synovial biopsy for diagnostic and research studies. US guided synovial biopsy is similar to an US guided joint injection or aspiration. The skin over the joint is cleaned with antibacterial scurbs. The skin is numbed with lidocaine. Ultrasound is used to guide the needle directly to the joint capsule. Fluid and/or synovial tissue can then be removed through the needle. The synovial biopsy needle is introduced with a guide. The needle and guide are slightly larger than the joint injection/aspiration needle. The guide is left in place while the biopsies are done. Four to ten biopsies can be done through the guide. Once the guide is in place, the needle does not go through the skin again. Synovial biopsies are done in our US procedure room under strict sterile procedures. Joint injections or aspirations can be done in our US procedure room or in our doctors’ offices (Also done under sterile procefdures).