Diagnostic Ultrasound by a Specialist MSK Sonographer
Diagnostic ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal structures within the body. It is a non-invasive and painful procedure that can be used to visualise organs, tissues and blood flow in real time.
During the procedure, a handheld device called a transducer is placed on the skin, and a gel is applied to help transmit the sound waves. The transducer emits sound waves that bounce off internal structures within the body and return to the device which then creates an image based on the pattern of the sound waves.
Diagnostic ultrasound can be used to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions within the body and also to guid procedures such as joint or soft tissue injections, aspirations, prolotherapy and dry needling.
One of the main advantages of diagnostic imaging is that it does not use ionising radiation, making it a sager imaging option compared to x-rays and CT scans.