The physicians of Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine (LISRM) are pleased to offer our patients the latest in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging technology in evaluating and treating patients with musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Beer, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Smith have pursued dedicated training to successfully incorporate the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound to our practice. The imaging equipment we utilize is actually the same as that used by both the NBA, NFL teams, and the U.S. military.
What is Musculoskeletal Ultrasound?
Ultrasound (US) is an imaging technology that uses sound waves to view the tissues beneath the surface of the skin. When the US machine transmits sound waves into an area that is being examined, the sound waves bounce back to the machine, and the machine then converts the signals into an image that both the physician and patient can see in real time.
What are the benefits of using an ultrasound guided procedure?
Much like performing a spinal injection with fluoroscopic guidance, performing an injection utilizing ultrasound imaging significantly increases the accuracy of the procedure and verifies that the medication is being placed in the appropriate area where it will be most effective. Several studies have shown that accuracy improves substantially when injections are performed with ultrasound guidance compared to those done blindly, even by experienced physicians.
Professional athletic teams, including those in the NFL and NBA, are taking advantage of ultrasound imaging to help diagnose and treat athletes with musculoskeletal injuries.
Is ultrasound harmful?
There is no harmful radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging. It is the same technology used to evaluate a baby in pregnant women. Ultrasound is a safe imaging tool that helps the physician and patient visualize the soft tissue anatomy.