The use of ultrasound in rheumatology is rapidly evolving. From early detection of arthritis and monitoring response to therapy to improving accuracy and lessening discomfort of therapeutic injections, ultrasound is an evermore commonly used tool of modern rheumatologic care.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound has been considered a diagnostic tool for a variety of rheumatologic diseases for many years. In addition, numerous studies have confirmed that using ultrasound to guide diagnostic and therapeutic injections improves accuracy and minimizes patient discomfort.
Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.
Dr Browne routinely uses ultrasound during his consultations and when performing injections.
Types of Procedures
Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:
1. Tendon tears, or tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder, Achilles tendon in the ankle and other tendons throughout the body
2. Muscle tears, masses or fluid collections
3. Ligament sprains or tears
4. Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints