Musculoskeletal ultrasound 

Clinical evidence and research support using ultrasound as the first diagnostic test for numerous musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Diagnostic ultrasound offers many important advantages compared to computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in terms of safety and effectiveness. Diagnostic ultrasound is noninvasive and offers real-time imaging, allowing for examinations of structures at rest and in motion. This ability to capture the movement of musculoskeletal components differentiates it from other imaging modalities and can permit more accurate diagnoses. 

Ultrasound can be use to diagnose  

  • Acute injuries such as sprains and fractures 

  • Chronic soft tissue conditions such as Plantar fasciitis, damaged or torn ligament and tendons

  • Fractures and stress fractures 

  • Arthritis

Benefits of clinical diagnostic ultrasound?

Ultrasound allows for accuracy when performing certain soft tissue and joint injection.  Fast, accurate on-site diagnostic imaging reduces unnecessary therapies and allows for timely treatment of your condition without delays.

  • Real-time imaging can show function, anatomy and movement;

  • Allows for clinical expertise and experience to guide the ultrasound scan

  • Pain-free and non-invasive scanning process

  • No ionising radiation

  • Advantages over MRI in that ultrasound imaging can show more detailed in tendon structure a lower cost

  • Safe for those with surgical implants and during pregnancy  

James Ferrie a musculoskeletal podiatrist with a specialisation in diagnostic ultrasound. James has undertaken post-graduate training in diagnostic ultrasound in Australia and also in the USA at the Interventional Orthopaedic Foundation. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience in diagnostic ultrasound with other health professionals through his role as an instructor at Zedu Ultrasound Training Solutions.”

https://www.ultrasoundtraining.com.au/courses/category/podiatry

Ultrasound is a type of scan that uses inaudible high frequency sound waves to create detailed pictures of the body. It is a safe, painless and radiation free examination that has been used in medicine for well over 50 years.

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