Ultrasonography is safe and does not use ionizing radiation like x-rays to obtain images. In MSK US a high frequency transducer is used which produces images with higher resolution than MRI. In addition, real time motion studies are viewed to see how ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints function under normal conditions or abnormally when injured, degenerated, or unstable. We can also image nerves and detect abnormalities of position, size, adhesions, and tears in many areas.
Much unnecessary expense and potential risks can be avoided by appropriate and rapid diagnosis and treatment with the use of MSK US.
Studies have shown that when performing intra-articular injections of the shoulder and hip, 'blind' (without any type of imaging), the miss rate is around 70%. This problem is eliminated when injecting under ultrasound guidance.
Dr. Lobe utilizes state of the art, My Lab 25 Gold Biosound Esote ultra sound in diagnosis and treatment.