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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

David N Westerdahl, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Sports Health Northwest, Inc

David N Westerdahl, MD

Sports Medicine Physician & Non-Operative Orthopaedic Specialist located in Portland, OR

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a safe and effective tool utilized in sports medicine to aide in diagnosing injuries.  It also has been shown to reduce pain and increase accuracy of injections.  Ultrasound is portable and available at point-of-care such as sports medicine clinics, athletic training rooms, and hospital radiology departments.  Anyone can have an ultrasound as it has no radiation and is relatively inexpensive compared to a MRI or CT scan.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in the body. MSKUS has gained popularity as a diagnostic tool due to its ability to provide real-time imaging, assess dynamic motion, and guide minimally invasive procedures. 


MSKUS is used to evaluate a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including sprains, strains, tears, and other injuries. It is also useful in the diagnosis and management of arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. MSKUS can help identify the location and extent of soft tissue damage, inflammation, or abnormal growths such as tumors.


One of the key benefits of MSKUS is its ability to provide real-time imaging. This means that the images are produced immediately, allowing clinicians to see the structures in motion and assess their functionality. For example, MSKUS can be used to evaluate joint movement, muscle contraction, and the alignment of bones during movement.  MSKUS may also be used to comparatively image the other unaffected/normal side. 


MSKUS is also a useful tool in guiding minimally invasive procedures, such as injections or biopsies. By using MSKUS to guide the placement of the needle, clinicians can ensure that the injection is accurately targeted to the affected area, reducing the risk of complications, reducing the pain of the injection, and improving treatment outcomes.

Additionally, MSKUS is a safe and non-invasive procedure, with no exposure to ionizing radiation, making it a valuable alternative to other imaging techniques such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MSKUS is also cost-effective compared to other imaging modalities, making it an accessible option for patients.


At Sports Health Northwest, Dr David Westerdahl has over 15 years of MSKUS experience and is board certified in MSKUS.    MSKUS is a valuable diagnostic tool that can provide real-time imaging, assess dynamic motion, guide minimally invasive procedures, and is safe and cost-effective. As technology continues to advance, MSKUS is likely to become even more widely used in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions.