About Ultrasound Services

ImageCare uses state-of-the-art, high resolution ultrasound equipment to evaluate the:

  • Heart (echocardiography)
  • Abdominal organs
  • Pelvic organs
  • Thyroid / soft neck tissue
  • Scrotum
  • Vasculature in the arms and legs
  • Extracranial arteries and veins
  • Muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Ultrasound is increasingly being used as a practical and rapid method of obtaining images of the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound is safe and noninvasive. Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK) offers substantial benefits to our patients and also to physicians who refer patients to ImageCare for this exam.

  • Ideal for evaluation of superficial soft tissue structures, including tendons, ligaments, muscles, cysts, and bursa.
  • Accuracy of greater than 90% in multiple series in evaluating full thickness and partial tendon tears, including rotator cuff1-2, Achilles3, peroneals4, and distal biceps tendon5.
  • Higher resolution than MRI.
  • Allows for dynamic imaging with patient feedback.
  • Excellent for evaluation of soft tissues adjacent to hardware that would create artifact with MR and CT imaging techniques.
  • More comfortable for patients than MRI - preferred by patients6.
  • Less expense than other advanced imaging modalities6.
  • Alternative imaging for patients with MR contraindication.
  • MR remains standard of care for deep structures, cartilage, and intraosseous abnormalities.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is available at ImageCare Medical Imaging in Latham, NY. Dr. Michael Cooley of ImageCare specializes in this service. Contact ImageCare Medical Imaging for additional information.

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