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Diagnostic Ultrasound

Posted by Pat Tata on 5/19/04 at 07:47 (150818)

I had an mri which showed severe tenosynovitis, would a dignostic ultrasound be just as beneficial or is an mri more accurate to depict tendon pathoplogy?

Re: Diagnostic Ultrasound

Ed Davis, DPM on 5/19/04 at 14:51 (150859)

There is no reason that one would need both most of the time. An MRI scans a region and is used when 'looking around' for pathology. Diagnostic ultrasound is more helpful when you have a very specific area to look at and want to see what is going on. Ultrasound is much cheaper and is done in 'real time' so it can be very helpful for more acute injuries to soft tissue such as a tendon tear.