Diagnostic neuromuscular ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique used to assess the health and function of the nerves and muscles in the body. This type of ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create detailed images of the neuromuscular system.
At Island Rheumatology, a fellowship-trained doctor will apply a small amount of gel to the skin and then glide a handheld transducer over the area being examined. The transducer emits sound waves that penetrate the body and bounce back, creating real-time images on a computer screen.
This imaging technique can be used to diagnose a variety of neuromuscular conditions, such as muscle tears, nerve compression syndromes, muscle atrophy, and nerve entrapments. It can also provide valuable information about muscle and nerve health and function.
One of the advantages of a diagnostic neuromuscular ultrasound is its ability to visualize structures in real time. This allows for dynamic imaging, meaning that the technician can assess the movement of muscles and nerves during different positions or activities, providing a more accurate assessment of any abnormalities.
Additionally, this imaging technique is non-invasive and does not expose patients to radiation, making it a safe and comfortable option for diagnostic purposes. It also does not require any special preparation or recovery time.