Dr. Swift uses musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound extensively in his practice to help diagnose, monitor and treat orthopedic conditions. Dr. Swift has extensive training and experience in diagnostic MSK ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures.
Ultrasound is safe, painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body, then bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.
Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays), thus there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Ultrasound is a dynamic examination. Unlike MRI and x-ray, which require patients to remain still, sonographic exams can be performed through a range of motion, for example, to evaluate snapping tendons and painful positions.