What types of conditions can be diagnosed with a musculoskeletal ultrasound?

Musculoskeletal ultrasounds can be used to diagnose a wide variety of conditions.

According to the Radiological Society of North AmericaOff Site Icon (RSNA), some of those conditions include:

  • Benign and malignant soft tissue tumors 
  • Early rheumatoid arthritis changes 
  • Foreign bodies in soft tissue, such as glass or splinters 
  • Ganglion cysts 
  • Inflammation or fluid in the bursae and joints 
  • Ligament sprains or tears 
  • Muscle tears or masses 
  • Nerve entrapments, such as carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Tendon tears or tendonitis 

They also can be used to help find the exact location a joint injection should be placed, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). 

Talk to your doctor to learn more about what a musculoskeletal ultrasound can be used to diagnose. 

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