Currently used imaging methods for diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) frequently come along with exposure to radiation and can often only show long-term effects of the disease. The aim of the study was to check the feasibility of a new optoacoustic imaging method to identify PsA. 22 psoriasis patients and 19 healthy volunteers underwent examination using multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT). The presence of arthritis was assessed via quantification of optoacoustic signal intensity of the endogenous chromophores oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin. We conducted high-resolution real-time ultrasound images of the finger joints. The semi quantitative analysis of the optoacoustic signals for both hemoglobin species showed a significant higher blood content and oxygenation in PsA patients compared to healthy controls. Our results indicate that MSOT might allow detection of inflammation in an early stage. If the data is further confirmed, this technique might be a suitable tool to avoid delay of diagnosis of PsA.

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