Ultrasound is in the forefront of Orthopedic Medicine as an imaging modality to assess and diagnose soft tissue pathology of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and peripheral nerves of the musculoskeletal system. This images are generated from soundwaves transmitted by the transducer that does not produce any ionized radiation. Dr. Petty I fellowship trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound and has many years of experience utilizing ultrasound.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound has several benefits:
- Evaluation of strain/sprains, tendonitis, muscle tears, hematoma
- Provides precise guidance for injections, aspiration, and visualization of needle placement
- Evaluation of soft tissue thickness, viscosity of fluid, and point of maximal intensity of pain
- Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and cost effective modality the can useful for dynamic studies that an MRI is not useful. Also useful people with a medical history that does not allow them to have and MRI