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 to guide a needle to ensure precise location of injection and achieve best results
-It is a dynamic examination of the muscle or tendon, allowing the physician to visualize the area of interest while it is in motion