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Nelson’s research will utilize data from a population-based community cohort; the Johnston County Health Study.

The study is a crucial step in establishing the foundation for ultrasound as an assessment tool for clinical use, research and clinical trials in knee osteoarthritis (KOA). It will provide unique population-based cross-sectional data regarding the utility of ultrasound and help form the basis for future longitudinal work evaluating its value and performance characteristics related to incident and progressive KOA.

Currently, use of ultrasound is limited by the lack of systematically performed studies in well-characterized non-clinical populations. To address this gap and further the use of this advantageous imaging modality for KOA, Dr. Nelson’s research will obtain standardized ultrasound and radiography in the population-based Johnston County Health Study (JoCoHS), the new enrollment phase of the 25+ year Johnston County OA Project which includes white, African American, and Hispanic men and women aged 35-70, to achieve three aims.

You can learn more about the Johnston County Health Study via this link.

This research is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01AR077060. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.