Diagnostic Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal ultrasound can distinguish between disruption of the tendons, core lesions, older injuries with scar tissue or calcification, or tenosynovitis.

Advantages To Using Musculoskeletal Ultrasound:

  • Does not require anesthesia
  • Lower cost than MRI (easier, more frequent rechecks)
  • Able to visualize soft tissues in movement

Commonly Imaged Areas:

  • Shoulder
  • Carpus (wrist)
  • Iliopsoas muscle (groin)
  • Stifle (knee)
  • Achilles Tendon

Joint Disease – Indications On Musculoskeletal Ultrasound:

  • Joint effusion
  • Thickening of the joint capsule
  • Cartilage defects
  • Bone destruction
  • Bone inflammation
  • Periosteal inflammation (membrane outside the bone)