Musculoskeletal ultrasound is done using a dedicated ultrasound probe. Ultrasound waves are transmitted through the part of the body being imaged to produce high resolution images. These images can be captured in “real time” and can show both the structure and movement of the area scanned. The images show detailed information about the structure as well as identifying abnormal areas.
This type of scan can provide detailed images of the muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, joints and soft tissues throughout the body. Our high resolution images and detailed scans can assist physicians to diagnose and treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
At Vision XRAY group we also use Musculoskeletal ultrasound for treatment as well as diagnosis. Using musculoskeletal ultrasound helps the radiologist guide targeted injections, aspirations and biopsies. Ultrasound guided injections of steroids and ultrasound guided aspirations of fluid can provide excellent symptomatic relief. Please see our Image guided procedures section for more information on these treatments.
Indications include the diagnosis of pathology of the Rotator Cuff and surrounding area of clinical relevance to the referring Clinician including but not limited to pain, decreased range of movement and trauma
Ultrasound is quick, painless and useful in the assessment of soft tissue injuries to the elbow due to trauma or over use, and of general pain. Also used to review ulnar nerve at the elbow.
Hand and Wrist Ultrasound
Ultrasound can be used effectively to investigate soft tissue injuries of the hand and wrist due to a specific incident or overuse, to assess pain, and the nature of various lumps.
Ultrasound is useful in the assessment of trauma and inflammation of the soft tissues around the hip joint.
Trauma, swelling, pain, pre/post surgery, popliteal aneurysm, effusions, bursa, menisci, muscle tears, soft tissue mass, foreign bodies.
Foot and Ankle Ultrasound
Tendinosis, rupture, masses, plantar fasciitis, neuroma, bursitis, foreign bodies
General Musculoskeletal Imaging
Swelling, Tenderness, Pain, Trauma of any superficial soft tissue area
- Aspirations of haematomas and fluid collections
- injections of steroids into joint spaces
- guidance of needles during biopsy procedures