We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
The Musculoskeletal Techniques and Ultrasound Unit (MTU) at Vall d'Hebron Hospital Rheumatology Department is devoted to locomotive system ultrasound in all its forms (diagnostic/therapeutic) and other procedures and interventions and serves adult and paediatric patients.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a non-invasive technique allowing structures to be assessed in real time, which enables precise diagnosis and monitoring of rheumatic disorders. It has become a highly useful, essential tool in the field of rheumatology.
It is a benchmark unit and has a consolidated research line with more than 10 projects in various illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, arthrosis, rheumatic polymyalgia and Horton's arteritis. Specific training is given to Rheumatology resident doctors, both from our hospital and from outside, and has accredited professionals who are also professors at the Spanish Rheumatology Society’s Ultrasound School (adults and paediatrics).
The main work carried out by our unit is:
In collaboration with the Radiodiagnosis department (link) and Nuclear Medicine (link), the images obtained from simple X-rays, CAT scans, Nuclear magnetic resonance and bone scintigraphy are interpreted with the aim of establishing the diagnosis or monitoring of patients with inflammatory disorders. We also hold regular joint meetings to analyse complex cases.
Various valuable techniques are also performed at the Musculoskeletal Techniques and Ultrasound Unit (MTU) to diagnose various systemic joint and autoimmune inflammatory illnesses, such as:
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