Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK or MSK US) is a safe scanning technology that uses sound waves to create images of tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles throughout the body. It is used to diagnose: ligament sprains & tears, tendon tears, tendinitis of the rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, inflammation or fluid within the bursae or joints, ganglion cysts, benign or malignant soft tissue conditions or tumors, hernias, early changes in rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and foreign bodies (ex. splinters or glass).
MSK Ultrasound is safe & comfortable
- No radiation exposure.
- Useful for patients unable to have an MRI.
- Safe for children.
- Pacemaker- and defibrillator safe.
- Avoids claustrophobia issues associated with some MRI machines.
How MSK Ultrasound works
MSK US is used to diagnose many types of muscle problems & injuries, and is therefore useful in sports medicine. It can record “dynamic imaging” where a patient performs the maneuvers that cause pain, enabling RMI’s radiologists to spot exactly where it hurts. The imaging is very useful for athletes and workers who perform repetitive motions. Your doctor can then determine the best treatment for your injury.
MSK for infants & children
For infants and children, MSK US is used to help diagnose fluid in a painful hip joint, neck muscle abnormalities in infants with torticollis (neck twisting), soft tissue masses (lumps & bumps), and hip dislocations in infants.
MSK Ultrasound cost savings
MSK ultrasound averages less than half the cost of an MRI exam. In addition, RMI’s cash pricing (self-pay pricing) can save you 50% or more compared to other providers. This is ideal for those without insurance or who have high deductibles. Learn more about our cash pricing.
For those paying via insurance, MSK Ultrasound exams do not usually require prior authorization, unlike CT and MRI studies.
Preparing for an MSK Ultrasound procedure
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your MSK ultrasound exam.