August 07, 2023

Understanding the Benefits of MSK Ultrasound.

Written by: Trisha Reo AAS, RDMS, RVT

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Understanding the Benefits of MSK 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 to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Live Training Courses at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute are taught by leading experts in the field of MSK Ultrasound. These courses incorporate comprehensive lectures and interactive case presentations at our 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 sessions, you will work with live models and phantoms for upper and lower extremity applications. These comprehensive courses 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 clinical practice. An optional cadaver lab is available to all participants that includes un-embalmed human cadaver specimens for upper and lower extremity applications.

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute also offers Advanced/Interventional & Regenerative Medicine MSK Ultrasound Courses immediately following the Introductory MSK Ultrasound Courses. 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/Interventional & Regenerative Medicine MSK Ultrasound Course Participants will participate in advanced level applications including dynamic maneuvers, post-operative applications, peripheral nerve, spine, advanced level interventional techniques, and regenerative medicine applications, including the opportunity to observe live demonstrations of multiple regenerative medicine procedures (diagnosis and techniques) on various live patients with pathologies. These courses include a cadaver lab for upper and lower extremity applications and the ability to scan live patient models. Regenerative Medicine Course participants 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 MSK Ultrasound Courses available. Hard work and dedication 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 while earning AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Visit our website, or call (727) 363-4500 to get registered and expand your services and increase your competence and confidence today!

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About the Author

Trisha Reo AAS, RDMS, RVT

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

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