Ultrasound is a widely implemented imaging modality in rheumatology practice that implies a great interaction between patient and professional . The COVID-19 pandemic requires a change in our clinical practice, through the adoption of new strategies that allow comprehensive care for our patients, guaranteeing the safety of both patients and healthcare professionals . Objetive: Our objective was to develop practical recommendations, agreed among a panel of experts, on the use and safety of rheumatological ultrasound during the COVID-19 pandemic .
Methods: We performed a narrative review of the available literature . Based on the literature review, we produced preliminary recommendations that were subsequently agreed among a panel of experts using the Delphi methodology with a 1-5 Likert scale . Agreement for each recommendation was considered if 75% of the panel members scored the item ≥4 on the Likert scale . Results : 5 overarching principles and 28 recommendations were issued and agreed among the panel . Group consensus was achieved in 100% of items .
Conclusions: The document provides useful information about preventive measures in the practice of ultrasound in rheumatology in times of a COVID-19 pandemic based on the experience and literature available to date.