Ultrasound can be used to diagnose a variety of MSK injuries and disorders.
Focused ultrasound imaging has proven to be a useful and cost-efficient tool to many providers when diagnosing and treating their patients. MSK imaging is primarily used to evaluate traumatic, inflammatory, and degenerative conditions of structures. When superficial imaging is required, ultrasound can achieve extremely high resolution, quite comparable to that of MRI or CT scanning. It identifies damage or problems in joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves where the patient has pain. The ability to provide a dynamic component while evaluating MSK structures gives light to injuries that could otherwise not be seen.
MSK ultrasound provides dynamic information. Scans can be performed while moving the joint through a range of motion. Ultrasound imaging can help identify:
• Tendon and ligament tears
• Bursitis (inflammation or fluid within the bursa)
• Joint fluid
• Rheumatology conditions
• Assist needle guided injections
• Peripheral Nerve entrapments (such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
• Hip dislocations among infants
• Excessive fluid in pediatric hip joint