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Musculoskeletal interventional ultrasound.

  • Author(s): Joines, Melissa M
  • Motamedi, Kambiz
  • Seeger, Leanne L
  • DiFiori, John P
  • et al.

Ultrasound is a nonionizing, low-cost, portable imaging technique for the evaluation of tendons, muscles, joints, soft tissue masses, and cysts, especially in patients unable to tolerate computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. These advantages make ultrasound an ideal modality for guiding musculoskeletal interventions. Its real-time capabilities allow continuous observation of needle placement into the targeted area and direct visualization of interventions such as injection of medication while avoiding other soft tissue structures or nearby neurovascular bundles. After a brief overview of the technical factors involved in performing ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal interventions, this article reviews commonly performed percutaneous procedures in the musculoskeletal system.

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