The Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program at Tufts Medical Center uses cutting-edge equipment to diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. The musculoskeletal ultrasound generates real-time, high-resolution images of patients’ muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue, allowing our doctors to get a more precise view of the affected area.
During the ultrasound, a water-based gel is applied to the skin surface being examined. A small-hand held device called a transducer is then placed on the area. The transducer uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image that shows the structure and movement of the patient’s internal organs, as well as blood flow.
Musculoskeletal ultrasounds are also used as a non-invasive way to treat pain and inflammation caused by musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Physicians are able to perform a safe and painless ultrasound-guided injection or aspiration to the affected area and provide relief within 30 minutes. These procedures have proven less expensive and time-consuming than their CT-guided equivalents.
Rheumatology Fellows at Tufts Medical Center receive formal training in musculoskeletal ultrasounds early in their program, ensuring that the physicians performing these procedures are knowledgeable and well-trained. Patients are regularly followed-up with after their procedures.
Appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5 pm. To make an appointment for all services, call 617-636-5990.