Diagnostic ultrasonography is used extensively for the evaluation of tendons and ligaments to identify and monitor soft tissue injuries. The basic objective of an ultrasonographic evaluation is to characterize the size, shape, echogenicity (brightness) and fiber pattern of soft tissue structures in the region of interest. We can also use ultrasound to evaluate the bony surfaces of regions that may not be able to be imaged with other imaging, such as the pelvis. These findings are considered carefully in conjunction with the clinical examination to determine the significance of the injury. At NWEP we are fortunate to have a large ultrasound console to perform the highest quality ultrasound exams in the clinic. We also have the ability to perform complete exams in the field with our digital portable ultrasound unit.
Ultrasound images of a suspensory branch injury (blue arrows)