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A Cost Effective Alternative To An MRI

Posted by Vicki on 09/18/2018

Many times there is a need for an MRI, but you are unable to have one for many reasons. If you have metal implants or claustrophobia then the MRI won’t work for you. Sometimes the cost for an MRI is just too much to handle. Some conditions can be evaluated by a special test called a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS). The MSKUS is about 1/10 the cost of the MRI scan. The MSKUS test is able to look at the tendons and muscles around the joints to look for areas of injury. The MSKUS is very effective in identifying problems at the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and ankle. The MSKUS will identify areas of inflammation and can identify injuries to the rotator cuff, carpal tunnel, and foot/heel areas.

The MSKUS has high accuracy, comparable with MRI for diagnosis of rotator cuff tears. The views of the soft tissues such as muscle, tendon or joint spaces are very accurate and can help determine the best course of treatment for you condition. There is no exposure to harmful ionizing radiation that can occur with traditional scans such as MRI or CT’s. Additionally, follow up views of the MSKUS are quick, easy and cost effective.

If you have been told you need an MRI, but are unable to get it due to physical or financial reasons, talk to you Dr. or therapist about getting an MSKUS to evaluate the extent of your condition. MSKUS will assist your Dr. or Therapist in finding the exact area of your injury and creating a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery.