Diagnostic Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MUS) uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. It is used for evaluating soft tissue abnormalities, including tendon, muscle, nerve and ligament pathology, as well as joint-related pain, and for assessing for fluid collections. MUS can be used to diagnose disease processes of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle hands and feet, as well as of the peripheral nerves and muscles.

This modality can be performed on all patients as an initial screening test, standalone diagnostic and/or therapeutic test, or as a complementary modality to MRI/plain films/CT. This is also useful in patients who are unable to have an MRI due to claustrophobia, pain or an implanted device.

Clinical Indications for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

There are a variety of clinical indications for musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnosis and treatment, including:​

Shoulder
  • Rotator cuff pathology
  • Biceps tenosynovitis
  • Calcific tendinitis
  • Bursitis
Wrist Pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Ligament injury
Ankle Pain
  • Achilles’ tendon pathology
  • Tendinosis and tenosynovitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Knee Pain
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Effusion
  • Peroneal nerve entrapment
  • Patellar tendinosis
  • Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome
Elbow
  • Common extensor and flexor tendinosis
  • Distal biceps tendon injury
  • Ulnar nerve subluxation / entrapment
  • Pronator syndrome
  • Ligament injury
Hand/Foot Pain
  • Synovitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tendon / ligament / nerve injury
  • Pulley injuries (Hand)
  • Nailbed pathology (Hand)
  • Morton’s neuroma (Foot)
  • Plantar fasciitis
Hip Pain
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Hamstring tendinosis
  • Sports hernia
  • Iliopsoas bursitis
  • Piriformis syndrome
Chest Wall
  • Intercostal nerve/muscle injury
  • Slipping Rib Syndrome
  • Costotransverse joint
    subluxation/ligament
    sprain
Muscle Pain
  • Myofascial scar
  • Chronic strain
Peripheral Nerve
Pain
  • Neuritis
  • Nerve entrapment

Other A La Carte Services

Fracture by Ultrasound Diagnosis
Fracture by Ultrasound Diagnosis

Second Opinion of Imaging Interpretation

Patients who come to AMMC often have long-term chronic musculoskeletal pain and have tried a range of traditional methods without relief. If another physician has provided you with a musculoskeletal MRI or CT scan and you would like a second opinion for the interpretation, we are pleased to offer that service. The benefits of a second opinion can include peace of mind, confirming the interpretation or clarifying ambiguous findings, which may lead to more definitive treatments.

CT Scan
MRI Scan