Ultrasound examination of joints and soft tissues
USG examination is important in the event of pain, inflammation and trauma. Visualisation and detection of specific, minor and invisible tissue damage and changes thereof is possible by means of ultrasound examination. USG is a harmless examination, since it uses ultrasound — high frequency sound waves, which is why USG may be performed on pregnant women as well. The ultrasound examination is performed with a top-class diagnostic USG device, which ensures the opportunities for precise and high-quality diagnostics.
Ultrasound examination of the body, extremities, face and head can be performed.
Duration of the examination
Approximately 15 minutes
Preliminary preparation is required. See more.
The examination is non-invasive and painless.
There are no limitations. The examination may be performed on pregnant women as well.
Top class diagnostic USG device, which ensures the opportunities for precise and high-quality diagnostics.
The physician provides an examination report.
Procedure of the examination
Depending on the examined area, the specialist will provide instructions on how the patient should lie down and what clothes need to be removed. A special jelly is applied on the skin, which enables the transmission of ultrasound waves in the tissues. A detector — a tool that irradiates ultrasound and detects the ultrasound reflected from the tissues, is moved across the skin. The physician can ask the patient to inhale and hold the breath for a short moment, as well as to change their body position.
The ultrasound method enables the evaluation of the condition of joints and superficial soft tissues in order to evaluate and diagnose:
- the amount of fluid in the joints and joint capsules;
- muscle, tendon, ligament ruptures, haematomas (bleeding) in the tissues caused by muscle and soft tissue traumas;
- inflammation of joints and tendons;
- superficial lesions of soft tissue (including benign and other types of tumour);
- partial evaluation of the condition of cartilage, menisci;
- changes in the condition of shoulder, knee, elbow, hand joints, changes in muscles, ligaments and tendons;
- benign lesions (lipomas, etc.);
- enlargement of the lymph nodes and character thereof;
- subcutaneous haemorrhages and other changes;
- during the ultrasound examination of soft tissue and salivary glands, the lymph nodes of the neck, the salivary glands of the neck, submandibular, sublingual and parotid salivary glands and other superficially localised (up to 4 – 6 cm deep) soft tissue structures are examined.