• Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive, non-radiating imaging modality that can be used to diagnose and identify different musculoskeletal disorders including muscle, ligament, tendon and joint injuries. Ultrasound offers high resolution images that allows physicians to perform dynamic studies (visualizing the injured body part in motion to identify , ligament sprains, joint instability and various impingements).

    Ultrasound has better resolution then MRI in certain applications and also unlike MRI scans ultrasound is able to show inflammation. In addition to diagnosis, ultrasound can also be used in the treatment of orthopedic conditions. Ultrasound can be used to guide the tip of a needle into the exact area of pathology or interest for the accurate delivery of biologic factors or pharmacologic medications.
    At Regional Orthopedics we use the state of the art GE LOGIQ e ultrasound for its sophisticated technology:
    • 12L-RS high frequency transducer (5-13 MHz) – Broadband and multi-frequency for high resolution imaging of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
    • Visualize continuous boundaries, improved speckle reduction and better overall spatial resolution with CrossXBeam™.
    • Coded Harmonic Imaging provides better sensitivity, improved tissue visualization and anatomical border definition.
    • 15” display (1024 x 768 resolution) provides larger images and better viewing from distances and wide angles.
    • Automatic image optimization with single push button control for patient specific image optimization in B-mode, color and spectral Doppler.
    • Color Doppler for vessel identification automatically optimizes for low or high flow states.
    • Virtual convex on all linear transducers expands the image to include up to 20% more anatomy.
    Ultrasound examination is performed in the office by a physician or physician assistant.  Except for the pressure of the examiners hand it is a pain free procedure.

    While ultrasound has many advantages it does have some limitations. Unlike an MRI, ultrasound can not penetrate through bone, so bone pathology and some joint surfaces and deep ligaments can not be seen well. Ultrasound is also not as good as X-ray or CT to see bones and diagnose fractures. Ultrasound along with X-ray and MRI are sometimes used in conjunction to achieve an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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