Benefits of Diagnostic Ultrasound

  • It is noninvasive and painless
  • There is no use of ionizing radiation, which is used in X-rays and CT scans, and is potentially harmful if done repeatedly
  • It is dynamic with images captured in real-time showing the motion of tendons, muscles and joints
  • It is much less expensive than other imaging methods, such as MRI or CT
  • It shows soft tissues very well, whereas X-rays do not
    vi. It is the choice imaging modality for patients with cardiac pacemakers, who cannot get an MRI
  • It is an excellent alternative to MRI for claustrophobic patients
  • Ultrasound may have advantages over MRI in seeing tendon structure, which is better appreciated by ultrasound than MRI
  • Ultrasound provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as aspiration (withdrawing fluid) and injection