Multiple advances in Ultrasound technology have brought excitement to the orthopedic medicine office. Houston Spine and Sports Medicine Ultrasound units have advanced to offer higher resolution and portability. Ultrasound is being used to help with diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal medicine. Tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves and joints can be visualized using ultrasound diagnostic imaging.
Advantages in using ultrasound over other diagnostic imaging in musculoskeletal medicine includes no radiation exposure, ability to see real-time dynamic images, and lower patient cost. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is performed by the physician so patients can know the results right away, which can help physicians make immediate diagnostic and treatment decisions.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound can be used as a guidance system to perform advanced procedures to place biologic agents such as Platelet Rich Plasma to encourage tissue healing. Real-time guidance can be achieved using the ultrasound to guide the treatment needle to an exact location while avoiding neurovascular structures.
For those of you interested in learning more about how musculoskeletal ultrasound may help you, the doctors at Houston Spine and Sports Medicine would be glad to talk with you more. They have been using ultrasound for diagnosis and injection guidance for many years and have extensive experience in advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures.