When is musculoskeletal Ultrasound not utilized

When is musculoskeletal Ultrasound not utilized?

Musculoskeletal US is significantly limited for the evaluation of internal joint derangement and is not used as the sole modality to evaluate for deep ligamentous injury (e.g., the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments), labral pathology, cartilage injury, and meniscal injury.

US is also not utilized to evaluate bone tumors because the ultrasound beam cannot effectively penetrate deep structures or cortical bone.


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