Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK Ultrasound) is invaluable for visualizing soft tissues in order to assess, classify and quantify muscle injuries such as ligament and tendon tears, rotator cuff damage, joint synovitis or fluid, joint dynamic, among many others.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound has a multiplanar capability, is a dynamic real-time imaging modality which will deliver highly detailed images due superior contrast resolution, MSK US allows the physician to correlate the findings with the patient’s symptoms and serves as a valuable tool pre and post surgery.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is able to precisely localize the site of inflammatory processes and for needle placement for aspiration or therapeutic injection.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is immune to the artifacts associated with orthopedic implants such as stainless steel, titanium and others.
The use of ultrasound in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is valuable in:
“The use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound has created a huge change in my practice, I can now examine a patient and use U.S. to make a same day diagnosis without having to order an MRI in the majority of my cases.This now saves both my patient and me time and the insurance company’s money. This is a win-win-win situation.
Of the 8 MSKUS diagnosis that have not responded to treatment as I had hoped, my patients have requested an MRI with the feeling that this new technology may have missed something. In each case my US diagnosis was identical to the MRI findings. This is not to say that my skills as a sonographer are great but that the sensitivity and specificity of the ultrasounds so good.
As a Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialist, I cannot understand how anyone in the same field or anyone in Primary Care that treats musculoskeletal injuries would not want this technology in their practice.”
Forever grateful for your technology,
John P. Kripsak, D.O.