Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, 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 ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays), thus there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:
- Tendinopathies, ligamentous sprains and muscle tears
- Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and peripheral joints such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle
- Early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Being able to see exactly what is going on inside the body allows us to form the best treatment plan possible for our patients. We want to get them on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
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