What is musculoskeletal ultrasound?
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is an injury assessment technique that uses sound waves to create images of painful or injured soft tissues in the extremities. The images are transferred to a computer and then read by UW Health radiologists to give an accurate assessment, helping to guide the treatment and rehabilitation process.
Advantages of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Musculoskeletal ultrasound offers unique advantages to the patient, including:
- Patient-centered specificity: musculoskeletal ultrasound is very useful for performing a focused exam for a specific problem
- Safety: musculoskeletal ultrasound uses no radiation and thus poses no radiation-related side effect risks
Ultrasound image of the shoulder
- Convenient: musculoskeletal ultrasound can be scheduled each week. For urgent matters appointments can be scheduled in a matter of hours and is offered at the accessible UW Health Research Park Clinic
What injuries are commonly diagnosed using musculoskeletal ultrasound?
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is frequently used to investigate injuries including:
- Shoulder (rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, bursitis, impingement syndrome)
- Elbow (collateral ligament evaluation, triceps/biceps tendons)
- Hand/wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon tears)
- Hip/knee (quadriceps/patellar tendon injuries, Baker's cyst, bursitis)
- Ankle/foot (Achilles tendon, plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuroma, joint problems, tendon/ligament)
- Nerves and masses (tumors, cysts, etc.)
- Guided injections