Ultrasonography for hand and wrist conditions

Harlan M. Starr, Matthew D. Sedgley, Kenneth R. Means, Michael S. Murphy

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Abstract

Ultrasonography facilitates dynamic, real-time evaluation of bones, joints, tendons, nerves, and vessels, making it an ideal imaging modality for hand and wrist conditions. Ultrasonography can depict masses and fluid collections, help locate radiolucent foreign bodies, characterize traumatic or overuse tendon or ligament pathology, and help evaluate compressive peripheral neuropathy and microvascular blood flow. Additionally, this modality improves the accuracy of therapeutic intra-articular or peritendinous injections and facilitates aspiration of fluid collections, such as ganglia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-554
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Volume24
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • Key words: hand sonogram
  • ganglion aspiration
  • ligament
  • nerve
  • tendon
  • ultrasonography technique
  • ultrasound guidance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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