Musculoskeletal ultrasound scans

MSK – Musculoskeletal ultrasound scans can assess the joints for common problems such as arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, fluid in the jointsetc…

Ultrasound scans are often particularly advantageous over other imaging modalities such as MRI because the sonographer can dynamically assess the joint whilst performing the scan. In addition, ultrasound scans are cheaper than MRI,completely safe, quicker to perform and have no contraindications such as claustrophobia or containing metal in the body

Shoulder Ultrasound Scan

Shoulder ultrasound is consistently utilized in the assessment of the shoulder . it’s quick painless ultrasound scan examination and readily available. For the assessment of rotator cuff problems such as bursitis, tendinosis or tendon tears. Symptoms would include shoulder pain and reduced mobility..

Hand Ultrasound Scan

The bones of the hand and wrist provide the body with support and flexibility to manipulate objects in many different ways. Each hand contains 27 distinct bones that give the hand an incredible range and precision of motion. The forearm’s ulna and radius support the many muscles that manipulate the bones of the hand and wrist.

Specific situations in which ultrasound offers definite benefits include evaluation of tendon inflammation and rupture, evaluation of palpable masses or suspected occult masses, and evaluation of suspected foreign bodies.

Foot Ultrasound Scan

Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is a very powerful diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of a wide array of foot and ankle problems such tendinosis, tenosynovitis, paratendinitis, rupture, dislocation, ligaments that are commonly torn, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, stress fractures, and plantar plate injury.

Sports and overuse injuries of the ankle and foot are common and ultrasound has been established as an excellent diagnostic modality for foot and ankle pathologies, providing a rapid noninvasive examination tool that is well tolerated by the patient with acute or chronic pain. The opportunity for dynamic examination is another advantage of ultrasound in evaluating ankle and foot pathology, where manoeuvres such as muscle contraction and stressing of the joint may be particularly helpful.

Wrist Ultrasound Scan

The bones of the hand and wrist provide the body with support and flexibility to manipulate objects in many different ways. Each hand contains 27 distinct bones that give the hand an incredible range and precision of motion. The forearm’s ulna and radius support the many muscles that manipulate the bones of the hand and wrist.

Although the anatomy of the hand and wrist is complex and the pathologic conditions encountered are diverse, many of the disease processes are localized, and in many situations, the clinical question is specific and limited. Because of this, ultrasound has always been an attractive imaging modality for evaluation of hand and wrist problems.

Specific situations in which ultrasound offers definite benefits include evaluation of tendon inflammation and rupture, evaluation of palpable masses or suspected occult masses, and evaluation of suspected foreign bodies.

Hand and wrist injuries are also common in athletes and can affect articular structures (ligaments, joint surfaces etc), periarticular tendons, muscles and nerves. These injuries can be acute or chronic. Acute injuries follow sudden traumatic events such as falls or joint sprains. Chronic lesions can be the result of local repetitive microtrauma or the sequelae of an acute injury.

Elbow Ultrasound Scan

The elbow joint is a complex joint composed of three communicating joints that share a common synovial membrane. Ultrasound scans are frequently requested for the examination of patients with elbow pain, which is generally caused by overuse syndromes, trauma, inflammatory diseases, or neuropathies. Any activity that involves excessive flexion-extension movements of the elbow can result in undue stress on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that stabilize the joint. Nerve entrapment as in Radial Tunnel Syndrome, carpal tunnel or median nerve entrapment neuropathy and cubital tunnel or ulnar nerve entrapment neuropathy can also occur. These types of injuries happen gradually over time and can aggravate existing conditions such as Tendonitis. Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are examples of common overuse injuries.

Knee Ultrasound Scan

Knee problems and knee pain are common as the knee is a frequent point of contact during traumatic accidents and is prone to wear and tear due to its weight-bearing nature. It is also a common site for arthritis pain. The knee joint is made up of four main things: bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Three bones meet to form your knee joint: your thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella).

Ultrasonography is a noninvasive imaging modality used for the assessment of the knee joint. It can provide clinically useful information on a wide range of pathologic conditions affecting components of the knee joint, including the tendons, ligaments, muscles, synovial space, articular cartilage, and surrounding soft tissues. Color and power Doppler techniques can be used to measure neovascularization within the synovial lining of the joint, tendons, and soft-tissue masses.

Ankle Ultrasound Scan

Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is a very powerful diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of wide array of foot and ankle problems such tendinosis, tenosynovitis, paratendinitis, rupture, dislocation, ligaments that are commonly torn, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, stress fractures, and plantar plate injury.

Sports and overuse injuries of the ankle and foot are common and ultrasound has been established as an excellent diagnostic modality for foot and ankle pathologes, providing a rapid noninvasive examination tool that is well tolerated by the patient with acute or chronic pain. The opportunity for dynamic examination is another advantage of ultrasound in evaluating ankle and foot pathology, where maneuvers such as muscle contraction and stressing of the joint may be particularly helpful.

Hip Ultrasound Scan

Hip and groin pain is very common and ultrasound has been proven to be a useful tool in the assessment of the hip tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, synovial recesses, articular cartilage, bone surfaces and joint capsule. The goal of ultrasound scan is to detect and localize pathological processes, to differentiate between intra articular and extra articular pathology.

Many hip diseases are detectable with ultrasound including assessment of the soft tissues, tendons, ligaments and muscles, and also of the bone structures and joint spaces. In patients with sports-related hip pain, ultrasound has an important role in dynamic assessment of snapping iliopsoas tendon, joint fluid, bursitis, haematoma and paralabral cyst formation.

Potential causes of hip discomfort and fever include psoas abscess, prostatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease and urinary tract infections. Ultrasoundhas the ability to help diagnose these conditions, allowing appropriate and timely initiation of treatment.