Alan M. Hirahara, MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic SurgeonSpecialist in Sports Medicine

Ultrasound

Ultrasound has become the next tool that Orthopaedic Surgeons have to improve our ability to diagnose and treat disease processes.  Ultrasound is a harmless modality to image tissues (no radiation), inexpensive, portable, non-invasive, easy to use, visualizes pathology, and aids in surgery or needle guidance.  

Ultrasound significantly improves our accuracy as studies have shown that injections without ultrasound guidance can miss the intended target (joint, tendon, bursa, etc.) over 30% of the time.  We can now treat injuries and diseases potentially non-surgically with the combination of OrthoBiologics and Ultrasound.

Ultrasound is also used by some team physicians to quickly and easily diagnose problems on the field during athletic events to safely return athletes back to play quicker, rather than requiring them to undergo an x-ray or MRI.

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