CSOM physicians are qualified in musculoskeletal ultrasound, and use it on a daily basis to diagnose and manage a wide variety of conditions. The list of benefits include:
- The ability to evaluate bony structures and soft tissues, including tendons, muscles, nerves and ligaments.
- It is an entirely comfortable and convenient in-office patient experience, eliminating claustrophobia and radiation exposure associated with other imaging tests such as CT scan.
- It allows for dynamic testing – movement of body parts through an exam, providing a more dynamic view of the underlying structures and where necessary reproducing a movement-associated pain that can more accurately aid in diagnosis.
- It serves as a precise guide during many of our injection based treatments by ensuring the accuracy of needle placement.
With the advanced skill set of the CSOM physicians it can often replace the need for vastly more expensive imaging such as MRI and CT Scans.
What to expect
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is similar to most ultrasound examinations – the physician puts a gel on the body part and then gently moves the probe over the skin surface whilst looking at the images on a screen.
As the physicians use ultrasound to make their own observations and to guide their needles, a report is not issued separately however the physician will routinely include the relevant information in the patient’s chart.