Musculoskeletal Ultrasound uses sound waves that give information about the structure of tendons, ligaments, bones and joints.
This diagnostic modality has several great advantages:
-The exam is done in the office
-There is no radiation , unlike X-ray or CT scans
-Ultrasound is a relatively inexpensive tool, estimated to be only a small fraction of the cost of MRI
-Ultrasound can be used for needle guidance to ensure the precise location of an injection and achieve the best results
-It allows for dynamic examination of the muscle or tendon, so that physicians may examine the area of interest while it is in motion