Musculoskeletal Ultrasound


UW Health Research Park


Phone Number

(608) 263-XRAY

(800) 323-8942



Weekdays, 8:30am-5pm


Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Providers

UW Health's radiology services in Madison, Wisconsin offer musculoskeletal ultrasound to diagnose a wide variety of orthopedic and sports-related injuries and other causes of muscle, ligament, tendon and joint pain.



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
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound of the shoulder

    Ultrasound image of the shoulder

    Dynamic evaluation: musculoskeletal ultrasound can be administered from a number of different angles and allows for patients to move around during the examination, providing a comprehensive view of the injured or painful region
  • 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