What is MSK Ultrasound?
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.
Who is this procedure for?
Ultrasound imaging can be used to monitor and diagnose a wide range of conditions within nearly any system of the body. This test may be performed on patients experiencing pain, swelling or infection in a certain area of the body.
It is especially useful for examining the breasts, bladder, thyroid, abdominal organs and male and female reproductive organs, blood vessels, and for obtaining images of fetuses in the womb. In addition, ultrasound is often used as a real-time guide during needle biopsies for the precise sampling of tissue.
Diagnose malignant soft tissue tumor and benign.
Diagnose ligaments tears or sprain.
Diagnose early changes in rheumatoid arthritis.
Diagnose foreign bodies in soft tissues such as glass or splinters.
Diagnose certain nerve entrapments; cubital and carpal tunnel
Fluid effusions or inflammation within the bursae and joints.
Diagnose tendinitis of the rotatory cliff in the shoulder or tendon tears, Achilles tendon in the ankle, and other tendons throughout the body.
Diagnose hernias: hernia occurs when an internal organ pushes through the wall of muscle or tissue.
Diagnose ganglion cysts: ganglion cysts are lump that mostly develop along the joints or tendons of hands or wrist. They are noncancerous and may also occur in the ankles and feet.