Musculoskeltal (MSK) Ultrasound

  • Description - MSK ultrasound is highly operator dependent with accurate results reliant upon the experience of the  individual performing the exam. In the ADI outpatient office setting, all MSK ultrasound studies are performed by an experienced Fellowship trained MSK radiologist.  MSK ultrasound is a cost effective alternative to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for many patients and can be used safely for those that have cardiac pacemakers, certain other metallic implants or fragments in the body that cannot safely be exposed to strong the magnetic fields. It also an excellent option for claustrophic patients.                                           


        Ultrasound utilizes sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints in the body. It is a safe, 

        noninvasive imaging strategy used to diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound does not use

        ionizing radiation and provides a clear image of soft tissues that do not show up well on general x-rays studies. Because

        ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the movement of a soft tissue structure such as a tendon , joint or


  •  Indications for ordering MSK  Ultrasound:  

    • Shoulder 76880

      • Rotator cuff pathology (tendonitis and tear)

      • Bursitis

      • Biceps tendon (tenosynovitis and tear)

      • Impingement                                                                                  

    • Elbow 76880

      • Tennis elbow

      • Bursitis

      • Joint effusion/synovitis

    • Wrist 76880

      • Ganglion cyst

      • Tenosynovitis (De Quervain)

      • Tendon tear

      • Joint effusion/synovitis

    • Hip 76880

      • Trochanteric bursitis

      • Joint effusion/synovitis

    • Knee 76880

      • Quadriceps & patellar tendon tear

      • Bakers cyst rupture

      • Limited evaluation of menisci

      • Joint effusion/synovitis

      • Medial and lateral collateral ligament (tear and rupture)

    • Ankle 76880

      • Tenosynovitis (posterior tibial & peroneal tendon)

      • Joint effusion/synovitis

  • Preparation - None necessary

* This test information is intended for educational purposes only. This should not replace medical advice from your healthcare provider. Please call your healthcare provider if you have any medical questions concerning your health. For any questions regarding procedures, please contact Advanced Diagnostic P.C. office at 989-799-5699