The advances in ultrasound technology over the last several years have allowed physicians to expand their expertise in diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injuries. Structures that were only previously seen on MRI or CT scan can now be seen in even more detail and are able to be observed while in motion. Dr Blecher has been trained in the use and implementation of Diagnostic and Therapeutic musculoskeletal ultrasound to provide his patients with the most innovative and least invasive technology available. Dr Blecher has been certified in musculoskeletal ultrasound by the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) and was awarded the RMSK “Pioneer Certificate” for passing the first MSK ultrasound certification exam ever given. He is also an active member of AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine).
Ultrasound gives us the ability to do the following
- Greatest modality to evaluate soft tissue (tendon/muscle/ligament) or bony surface structures
- Live/dynamic testing (moving body parts during the exam gives the physician much more information than a static, stationary photograph as in MRI/CT)
- Easily tolerated by patients (no problems with claustrophobia and no radiation exposure)
- Use of Doppler during the exam (allows the physician to see if there is any blood flow in/around the area of question or if the fluid collection seen is a vascular structure)
- Highly portable (can be transported easily to training rooms for evaluation of athletes at many locations)
- Evaluate possible foreign bodies (glass, metal, wood, etc)
- Evaluate calcific deposits
- Much lower cost to patients than MRI/CTscans.
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