What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is the use of sound waves to create images of structures inside of your body. This technology was initially designed for submarines and modeled after the amazing ability of whales, bats and other similar animals to use reflective sound waves to identify their surroundings and safely guide their movements.
What is “Diagnostic ultrasound”?
Ultrasound can be used to guide a needle for an injection or procedure or may be used to evaluate and diagnose a problem. We use ultrasound for both purposes. We are one of the few places in Northeast Florida which uses MSK ultrasound for diagnostic purposes consistently.
Does Ultrasound give you radiation?
No, ultrasound is non radiating and is safe to use in all ages and conditions. Unlike Xrays, CT scans and Fluoroscopy, ultrasound does not produce radiation.
What are the advantages of Ultrasound in Sports Medicine?
As mentioned above, it is safe for your body. In addition, it can be used to evaluate soft tissue structures like your rotator cuff, calf muscles, patellar tendons along with superficial nerves and blood vessels. A well trained ultrasonographer can identify tears, tendinosis, ligament injuries and other common conditions without need for further imaging.
What are the dis-advantages of Ultrasound in Sports Medicine?
Ultrasound does not penetrate deep into joints and can not go through bone. As a result, some conditions may require Xray, MRI or CT to be fully diagnosed. If ultrasound is inadequate, we will recommend outside testing and help to coordinate this for you.