Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging & Ultrasound Guided Injections
What is Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging?
Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps medical professionals diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions.
Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and soft tissue structures throughout the body.
Ultrasound is safe and painless. It produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionising radiation, (as used in X-Ray) thus; there is no radiation exposure to the patient.
What are Ultrasound Scans used for?
Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:
- Tendon inflammation, partial or complete rupture
- Muscle tears, masses or fluid collections
- Ligament sprains or tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursa and joints
- Nerve entrapments such as tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Joint capsule inflammation
- Benign and malignant soft tissue tumours
- Ganglion cysts
- Foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass)