Diagnostic MSK Ultrasound
Ultrasound imaging of joints, tendons and muscles (called musculoskeletal or “MSK” ultrasound) allows better classification of an injury or disease and helps direct therapy. While this imaging is not always needed, it is a useful tool for many rehabilitation cases.
With MSK ultrasound, we can distinguish between nearby muscles or tendons to know which is most affected, find tears in the meniscus of the knee, see fluid in joints or around tendons, and find areas of calcification or other signs of chronic disease.
Repeating these images over time demonstrates if the prescribed therapy is working and assists in determining when a patient should resume full activity.
Some ultrasound studies do not require sedation and can be done in the home. A few studies do require sedation for the correct view and can be done in the clinic of the patient’s primary veterinarian.
Images are reviewed by board-certified radiologists who specialize in musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.