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Nanno Swen Rheumatology Trainer

Nanno Swen started his medicine study in ’74 and finished his Rheumatology specialisation in Slotervaart and Jan van Bremen Intitute Amsterdam in 1990. In 1991 he became a proficient musculoskeletal sonographer educated by dr. Marnix van Holsbeeck in Detroit. Nanno introduced MSK ultrasound in Rheumatology in the Netherlands and Europe soon and is considered the “Godfather of MSK Ultrasound in Rheumatology”.

From 1991 until 2018 he worked as a rheumatology consultant in Alkmaar Medical Centre. He was a teacher at the annual advanced MSK ultrasound course in Houten and member of the EULAR ultrasound committee. He participated various pharmaceutical studies and was (co) author of various medical articles. Until now he’s still active as a consultant rheumatologist with enough time left to teach MSK ultrasound to other rheumatology professionals on behalf of SonoSkills.


Preliminary Definitions for the Sonographic Features of Synovitis in Children.
Roth J, Ravagnani V, Backhaus M, Balint P, Bruns A, Bruyn GA, Collado P, De la Cruz L, Guillaume-Czitrom S, Herlin T, Hernandez C, Iagnocco A, Jousse-Joulin S, Lanni S, Lilleby V, Malattia C, Magni-Manzoni S, Modesto C, Rodriguez A, Nieto JC, Ohrndorf S, Rossi-Semerano L, Selvaag AM, Swen N, Ting TV, Tzaribachev N, Vega-Fernandez P, Vojinovic J, Windschall D, D'Agostino MA, Naredo E; OMERACT Ultrasound Group.

Self-directed learning of basic musculoskeletal ultrasound among rheumatologists in the United States.
Kissin EY, Nishio J, Yang M, Backhaus M, Balint PV, Bruyn GA, Craig-Muller J, D'Agostino MA, Feoktistov A, Goyal J, Iagnocco A, Ike RW, Moller I, Naredo E, Pineda C, Schmidt WA, Swen N, Tabechian D, Wakefield RJ, Wells AF, Kaeley GS.

Reliability testing of tendon disease using two different scanning methods in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Bruyn GA, Möller I, Garrido J, Bong D, d'Agostino MA, Iagnocco A, Karim Z, Terslev L, Swen N, Balint P, Baudoin P, van Reesema DS, Pineda C, Wakefield RJ, Naredo E.

Interobserver reliability of rheumatologists performing musculoskeletal ultrasonography: results from a EULAR "Train the trainers" course.
Scheel AK, Schmidt WA, Hermann KG, Bruyn GA, D'Agostino MA, Grassi W, Iagnocco A, Koski JM, Machold KP, Naredo E, Sattler H, Swen N, Szkudlarek M, Wakefield RJ, Ziswiler HR, Pasewaldt D, Werner C, Backhaus M.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound including definitions for ultrasonographic pathology.
Wakefield RJ, Balint PV, Szkudlarek M, Filippucci E, Backhaus M, D'Agostino MA, Sanchez EN, Iagnocco A, Schmidt WA, Bruyn GA, Kane D, O'Connor PJ, Manger B, Joshua F, Koski J, Grassi W, Lassere MN, Swen N, Kainberger F, Klauser A, Ostergaard M, Brown AK, Machold KP, Conaghan PG; OMERACT 7 Special Interest Group.

Limited value for ultrasonography in predicting flare in rheumatoid arthritis patients with low disease activity stopping TNF inhibitors.
Lamers-Karnebeek FB, Luime JJ, Ten Cate DF, Teerenstra S, Swen NWAA, Gerards AH, Hendrikx J, van Rooyen EM, Voorneman R, Haagsma C, Basoski N, de Jager M, Ghiti Moghadam M, Efde MN, Goekoop-Ruiterman YPM, van Riel PLCM, Jacobs JWG, Jansen TL.

Role of ultrasonography in diagnosing early rheumatoid arthritis and remission of rheumatoid arthritis--a systematic review of the literature.
Ten Cate DF, Luime JJ, Swen N, Gerards AH, De Jager MH, Basoski NM, Hazes JM, Haagsma CJ, Jacobs JW.