Musculoskeletal ultrasound for clinical diagnosis is painless, safe and involves no radiation. It simply uses sound waves to produce clear images of the inner body. The procedure involves an ultrasound probe, called a transducer, that looks like a microphone. An ultrasound technician, or trained doctor, applies gel to the skin and glides the instrument over the affected area. The MSK ultrasound transducer emits and receives high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear. The sounds that bounce back are recorded and a computer uses those sounds to create an image. This powerful diagnostic tool can provide valuable information for a physiotherapist.
What Can a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Detect?
MSK diagnostic ultrasound produces accurate images of soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles, which means it can identify tendon tears, tendinitis, muscle tears, cysts, and fluid collection in joints or bursae.
What Are Some Advantages of MSK Ultrasound Diagnostics?
- Ultrasound imaging is very safe.
- MSK Ultrasound does not use any ionizing radiation.
- Ultrasound provides real-time imaging
- Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.
- Ultrasound is not affected by cardiac pacemakers, ferromagnetic implants, or fragments within the body. Ultrasound is also an excellent alternative to MRI for claustrophobic patients.
What Are Some Conditions Ultrasound Imaging Can Confirm in the Ankle?
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Anterior Ankle Impingement
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Ligament strains/tears
What Are Some Conditions Ultrasound Imaging Can Confirm in the Foot?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel Spurs
- Ligament Sprains
What Are Some Conditions Ultrasound Imaging Can Confirm in the Knee?
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Impingement Syndrome
- Labrum Tears
- Bicipital Tendonitis
OrthoIdaho is the only orthopedic clinic that holds an accreditation in musculoskeletal ultrasound by The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). “AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that encourages practices to meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound.” If you suffer from ongoing issues or pain, contact OrthoIdaho today to see musculoskeletal ultrasound is right for you.