In early Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), caregivers use tight control and treat-to-target to reach disease remission as soon as possible. This reduces the progression of irreversible tissue damage at later stages and leads to significantly improved patient outcomes compared to the traditional care process. Systematic monitoring of disease activity is becoming increasingly important in early and established RA, as the aim shifts towards optimal medication levels and tapering medication when possible. Hemics' HandScan is the only non-invasive optical imaging technology that supports the rheumatologist in objective inflammation assessment. With the HandScan, it only takes several minutes to visualize the inflammation levels in the joints of hands and wrists. The device is safe, easy to use in day-to-day care and can be used as frequently as needed for tight control treatment of RA. The scanner can be operated by doctors, nurses and any other trained staff. The HandScan is connectable to the Hospital Information System and can integrate with a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
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