Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue throughout the body.

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You may be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive, radiation-free diagnostic test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of body tissues
  • There are no dietary restrictions for musculoskeletal ultrasounds
  • The exam is painless, non-invasive, and there are no known side effects
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves higher than human hearing can detect

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Why is This Exam Done?

Musculoskeletal ultrasounds can be used to detect tears in tendons, as well as benign and malignant tumors in soft tissue. This procedure will also detect bleeding or fluid build-up in muscles and joints. Musculoskeletal ultrasounds allow physicians to monitor the early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.

What Will Happen During the Exam?

Our experienced and caring technologists who will be performing your exam are specifically accredited in Ultrasound, and have been trained on our state of the art equipment.

The ultrasound technician will request that you lay quietly during the test to help ensure that the images are clear. He or she will then apply a special gel directly on the skin above the area to be examined to increase sound wave conduction and reception. The technician will then press the transducer against your skin and may move the transducer back and forth to get clear images of the underlying blood vessels and structures.

The procedure typically lasts for 30 minutes, but the duration varies depending on the structure being examined.

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How Should I Prepare?

Before the test is administered, you may be asked to change into a gown.
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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound images are shown in real-time as they happen
  • The structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels are able to be seen and recorded
  • The exam is painless and non-invasive
  • No ionizing radiation is used for this procedure
  • Claustrophobic individuals may see this as a reasonable alternative to MRI
  • Individuals unable to have an MRI performed because of pacemakers or fragments in the body are able to have ultrasounds

Risks you should be aware of:

  • There are no known risks for ultrasound
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Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform musculoskeletal ultrasound at nine of our office locations:

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