Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, diagnostic ultrasound or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) covered with a layer of gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The sound waves that bounce back are collected and used by a computer to create an image. It is totally painless and does not involve any form of harmful radiation.
What conditions is it used for?
Ultrasound at Brighton Spine and Sports Clinic is used for musculoskeletal diagnosis, real time feedback for muscle activation and as a guide for giving local injections.
Conditions and areas examined:
- tendon tears or inflamed tendons, such as: shoulder rotator cuff strains/tears, tennis elbow, Achilles tendononitis, patella tendonitis (jumpers knee) and other tendons throughout the body
- muscle tears, masses or fluid collections
- ligament sprains or tears
- inflammation or fluid within the joints and bursae (fluid-filled sacs surrounding a joint). Commonly treated areas include the hips, knees and shoulders
- nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome