Ultrasound is also referred to as sonography. It uses sound waves to create images of what is happening inside of a person’s body. Diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal issues has helped many people understand why they are in pain or why they have limited mobility. It also helps doctors create treatment plans to get these people moving again.
With ultrasound, a transducer sends out a high-frequency sound. The sound echoes create waves that identify the shape, consistency, and size of soft tissues and organs underneath the skin. Diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal issues allow doctors to get a better understanding of what is going on in a person’s muscles and other soft tissues in a way that would be impossible without actually opening up the person while performing a surgical procedure.
The soundwaves create data that is transmitted to images on a computer screen. All of this happens in real time. An ultrasound technician will work along with a radiologist and a doctor in performing and interpreting the test. There are many uses for ultrasound technology when it comes to diagnosing and treating medical conditions. These include diagnosing conditions affecting blood vessels, the gallbladder, the liver, the pancreas, the bladder, the ovaries, the uterus, the thyroid, and more.
Ultrasound waves are not as accurate when it comes to transmitting through bones or parts of the body that hold gas, such as the bowels.