When is MSK ultrasound a better option than MRI? – NWILife
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK) is a safe scanning technology that uses sound waves to provide diagnostic images of tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles.
As a result, MSK ultrasound patients are not exposed to ionizing radiation. MSK Ultrasound also provides information about structures that cannot be gathered by conventional X-rays. In most exams, a hand-held transducer and warm gel are placed on the patient’s skin. The transducer is both a transmitter and a receiver, sending sound waves to the tissues. The reflected echoes are displayed as a two-dimensional image on a video screen.
Although MRI is more widely used than musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound for many musculoskeletal conditions, MSK ultrasound can provide comparable results for several conditions, including…
Tendon tears and tendinopathy
rotator cuff tendonitis
· Achilles’ tendon
· Plantar Fasciitis
Focal muscle sprains and bruises
Ligament tears and sprains
An MSK ultrasound can cost less than half of an MRI scan. In addition to being faster and cheaper than MRI, high-resolution MSK ultrasound is safe and comfortable:
· No radiation exposure.
Useful for patients unable to undergo an MRI
· Safe for children.
Safe with pacemakers and defibrillators
· Avoids claustrophobia associated with some MRI scanners.
Methodist Hospitals ultrasound technologists are fully trained with expertise in performing MSK ultrasound tests. In fact, there are only four musculoskeletal sonographers in the entire state of Indiana who are registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). One of these four licensed musculoskeletal sonographers is found in Methodist hospitals.
MSK ultrasound is performed on the campuses of Northlake and Southlake Methodist Hospitals. For more information or to schedule your MSK ultrasound, call Ultrasound Services at:
SOUTHLAKE ULTRASOUND: 219 738-5612
NORTHLAKE ULTRASOUND: 219-880-2164