What are some benefits of using Ultrasound to guide musculoskeletal procedures?
There are multiple benefits of using US to guide musculoskeletal procedures. First, there is no ionizing radiation, which is especially attractive when imaging pediatric and pregnant patients. US allows for real-time dynamic evaluation, which enables the operator to directly visualize the needle as it is advanced, ensuring avoidance of neurovascular structures. US allows the operator to deploy the biopsy needle in real time, unequivocally confirming needle placement within the targeted lesion. US guidance for injections allows the operator to observe the injection of the corticosteroids or other medications in real time, confirming accurate targeting of the joint or tendon sheath.