Specialised CT pinpoints cardiovascular MSU crystals

The technique may help unravel the link between gout and CVD

Dual-energy CT can differentiate cardiovascular monosodium urate crystal deposits from calcium deposits in patients with gout, a study shows.

Senior woman going into CT scanner

While the technique has been used to detect MSU crystals in joints, the researchers believe theirs is the first study to look at the cardiovascular system.  

Austrian researchers, from the Medical University of Innsbruck, analysed calcium scores and monosodium urate (MSU) crystal deposits in 59 patients with gout (mean age 59, 78% men) and 47 controls (mean