July 30, 2019

What are the benefits of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Written by: Trisha Reo AAS, RDMS, RVT

Benefits of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

In comparing ultrasound to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, when performed by an experienced professional, has proven to be as effective as MRI with less expense and increased mobility. Ultrasound also proves useful in cases where MRI is contraindicated, such as patients with metal implants or who are claustrophobic. Ultrasound has demonstrated a 93% sensitivity in diagnosing partial thickness tears in the rotator cuff and allows differentiation between full thickness and partial thickness tendon tears with greater ease than MRI.

With its numerous diagnostic abilities, the use of ultrasound is growing rapidly amongst physicians, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists and other medical professionals specializing in sports medicine, orthopedics, rheumatology, PM&R, pain management, emergency medicine, regenerative medicine and other musculoskeletal related fields. With little or no experience using ultrasound as a diagnostic tool, you may be wondering how you can incorporate this useful tool into your practice. That is where Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute can help.

The Introduction and Advanced/Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Live Training Course at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute are taught by leading experts in the field of MSK. This course incorporates comprehensive lectures and interactive case presentations at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute offers extensive hands-on scanning sessions with a 3:1 participant to faculty ratio. During these session, you will work with live models and phantoms for upper and lower extremity applications. This course will teach you the essentials of MSK ultrasound and build your confidence in your scanning and interpretation abilities, allowing you to immediately integrate your MSK skills into your clinical practice. An optional cadaver lab is available to all participants and includes un-embalmed human cadaver specimens for upper and lower extremity applications.

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute also offers an Advanced/ Regenerative Medicine MSK ultrasound program immediately following the Introductory level MSK program. These courses are specifically designed for those professionals who need advanced/interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound training and/or have a desire to focus on regenerative medicine techniques. The Advanced MSK track Participants will participate in advanced level applications including dynamic maneuvers, post-operative applications, peripheral nerve, spine, advanced level interventional techniques, and an introduction to regenerative medicine applications. Participants attending the regenerative medicine MSK track will also perform advanced MSK techniques and be involved with more comprehensive regenerative medicine applications including the opportunity to observe love live demonstrations of multiple regenerative medicine procedures (diagnosis and techniques) on various live patients with pathologies. Both the advanced and regenerative medicine courses includes a cadaver lab for upper and lower extremity applications and the ability to scan live patient models. Regenerative medicine track participants will also have the ability to perform ultrasound-guided bone marrow and lipoaspirate techniques on human un-enbalmed cadaveric specimens.

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute offers the most comprehensive training package available. Hard work goes into planning these courses to ensure your training experience results in expanded skills and knowledge that you can immediately implement into your clinical practice. Visit our website, by clicking the link below, or call 727-363-4500 and get registered to expand your services and increase your competence and confidence today!

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Trisha Reo AAS, RDMS, RVT

Trisha is the Program Coordinator at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.

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