Within the last decade, musculoskeletal ultrasound has become an established imaging technique and may actually have advantages over MRI in seeing tendon structure.
Unlike MRI, ultrasound has no affect on cardiac pacemakers or metallic objects in the body. It is non-invasive, portable, accurate, inexpensive, void of ionizing radiation, and has an ability to be repeated as often as necessary.
With real-time imaging, MSKUS is a good tool in guiding minimally invasive procedures such as intra-articular and soft tissue injections, improving the efficacy of the injection and avoiding several possible side effects – and it is the only modality that allows real time assessments of surrounding tissues on movement of a joint.
Rapidly evolving technology continues to play a role in evolving musculoskeletal ultrasound – making the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound in patient management increasingly clear.