One challenge that we, as physicians have, is diagnosing soft tissue conditions in the office. We have an x-ray machine to visualize bone but when an x-ray comes back negative, we can only rule out osseous injury. There are many tendon, ligaments, and muscles that we can’t really see on x-ray. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to visualize soft tissue structures. The ultrasound probe sends out high frequency pulses that bounce off of soft tissue and bony structures and send back an image. With this technology, we are able to see soft tissue inflammation as well as tendon and ligament injuries that would not be picked up on an x-ray.
Another useful indication for the ultrasound is for guided injections. As a foot and ankle specialist, of course we know our anatomy and know where anatomical structures should be. However, every patient is different. Using the ultrasound image to guide the injection will allow us to exactly target the inflamed and irritated soft tissue or joint. That way, we can ensure that we are putting the medicine in the perfect spot and the patient gets the maximum effect. In other words, it is no longer a “blind” injection.
Ultrasound technology is another great way to improve patient care.
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Dr. Jonathan Williamson