Diagnostic Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, scanning, ultrasonography, or just plain sonography is the use of high-frequency sound waves to obtain images for diagnosis or treatment. Ultrasonography is safe and does not use ionizing radiation like x-rays to obtain images. In musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) we use high frequency transducers that produce images with higher resolution than MRI. In addition, we can obtain real time motion studies to see how ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints function under normal conditions or abnormally when injured, degenerated, or unstable. We can also image nerves and detect abnormalities of position, size, adhesions, and tears in many areas.             In our clinic we use diagnostic ultrasound every day to diagnose tumors, swellings, muscle and tendon tears, ligaments, joint instability, degenerative changes in musculoskeletal structures, look at nerves, image vascular structures, and to assess blood flow. In addition, we regularly image other soft tissue “small parts” such as thyroids, vessels, joints, etc. to help diagnose abnormalities. We use ultrasound to guide injections when necessary and find it an indispensable addition to our clinical practice.             Ultrasound Imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.  Ultrasound has advantages over MRI in seeing tendon and cartilage structure and is an excellent alternative to MRI for cost effectiveness.  Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.  Real-Time imaging gives a huge advantage compared with any other diagnostic tests because the painful area can be seen by the physician in motion.  Conditions to be Diagnosed with MSK Ultrasound: Tendon tears, such as rotator cuff or Achilles tendon. Abnormalities of the muscles , such as: tears, bleeding, or bursae. Benign and malignant soft tissue tumors. Early changes of rheumatoid arthritis. Joint Effusion (fluid) or synovial (lining of the joint) thickening. Arthritis in Knees, shoulder, hips and hands Ligament, tendon, or muscle tears or loosening of a joint while in motion (unlike any other diagnostic tool for soft tissues)
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