Who Uses It
Ultrasound’s real-time imaging capabilities are particularly beneficial to the physiatrist to help guide procedures accurately, including chemodenervation, PRP, nerve blocks. As with other musculoskeletal specialties, such as rheumatology. Unlike MRI and CT, post-surgical hardware doesn’t create image-limiting artifacts. This fact, combined with ultrasound’s ability to image “right where it hurts,” is very helpful when the podiatrist is trying to determine if surgical hardware is impinging on or interfering with soft tissues and causing pain.
Ultrasound is useful in locating foreign bodies. This is particularly useful for foreign bodies difficult to visualize with X-ray, such as wood splinters.