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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound General Questions

What is diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound?

Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound is an imaging procedure to gain detailed images of the muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, joints and soft tissues throughout the body. Our high-resolution images and detailed scans can help diagnose musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound treatments and interventions

Vision XRAY Group’s locations also use musculoskeletal ultrasound for treatments. This medical imaging technique helps our expert doctors guide targeted injections, aspirations and biopsies.

Our musculoskeletal intervention expertise includes the following:

  • aspirations of haematomas and fluid collections
  • injections of steroids into joint spaces for symptomatic relief
  • guidance of needles during biopsy procedures.

Please visit our IMAGE-GUIDED PROCEDURES page for more information on these treatments.

Why do patients need a musculoskeletal ultrasound?

Patients are referred to us for many reasons. Below, we’ve listed the most common clinical indications for the different types of musculoskeletal ultrasounds we provide.

  • Shoulder ultrasound
    Indications include diagnosing pathology of the rotator cuff and surrounding area of clinical relevance, including but not limited to pain, decreased range of movement and trauma.
  • Elbow ultrasound
    Ultrasound is quick, painless and helpful in assessing soft tissue injuries to the elbow due to trauma, overuse or general pain. Also used to review the ulnar nerve at the elbow.
  • Hand and wrist ultrasound
    Ultrasound can be used effectively to investigate soft tissue injuries of the hand and wrist due to a specific incident or overuse and to assess pain and the nature of various lumps.
  • Hip ultrasound
    Ultrasound helps assess trauma and inflammation of the soft tissues around the hip joint.
  • Knee ultrasound
    Indications include trauma, swelling, pain, pre/post-surgery, popliteal aneurysm, effusions, bursa, menisci, muscle tears, soft tissue mass and foreign bodies.
  • Foot and ankle ultrasound
    Indications include tendinosis, rupture, masses, plantar fasciitis, neuroma, bursitis and foreign bodies.
  • General musculoskeletal imaging
    Indications include swelling, tenderness, pain or trauma of any superficial soft tissue area.

Our musculoskeletal ultrasound locations


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