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MSK Ultrasound

MSK Ultrasound is an important tool in diagnosing common ailments like bursitis and rotator cuff injuries. Dr. Heitor Okanobo, a radiologist affiliated with Cape Cod Healthcare from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is one of only a handful of radiologists, nationwide, with expertise in using ultrasound to diagnose musculoskeletal issues.

Ultrasound, invented almost 20 years before CT scans or MRIs, and commonly associated with pregnancy or echocardiogram, is an effective, less-invasive process that can be completed in minutes.

In MSK Ultrasound, a physician moves a transducer along an injured area, producing a grey-scale video image on a monitor. Because the procedure allows a patient to move their body, the physician can see more clearly where damage may exist and where repairs or treatment are needed.

In many situations, particularly in the diagnosis of tears in superficial tendons or ligaments, ultrasound has several advantages over other forms of scans:

  • It does not use radiation
  • It takes less time than a MRI
  • It’s less stressful on patients, particularly those who get claustrophobic in tubular imaging machines or are bothered by the noise
  • It can be used on patients with pacemakers or neurostimulators, who can’t be scanned magnetically.

MSK Ultrasound is also a therapeutic tool, guiding a physician to administer pain relief medications directly where they’re needed. And while an MRI provides an overall evaluation of the joint, MSK Ultrasound has an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems.

To learn more about MSK Ultrasound, contact Cape Cod Healthcare Radiology Department at 508-862-5315.

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