Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at Andrews Institute Gives Patients Advantages for Diagnostic Imaging

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When a patient requires diagnostic imaging, several things run through his or her mind. How much will it cost? How long will it take to obtain an appointment? What kind of intervention will be required from the imaging results?

Physicians at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are acutely aware of the impact cost-effective procedures can have on a positive patient experience. One of the ways Andrews Institute physicians are impacting the patient experience is by providing Musculoskeletal Ultrasound as an alternative to traditional diagnostic imaging.

“We use ultrasound to evaluate the musculoskeletal system with the exception of the neck and back,” said Brett Kindle, M.D. “This includes tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves and muscles of the arms and legs; we can evaluate all of these structures with the use of ultrasound.”

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound can be used to diagnose rotator cuff tears, tennis and golfers elbow, tendonitis, ligament injuries and any type of joint pain.

The advantages to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound are vast. It includes a higher resolution than other diagnostic imaging modalities, a much lower cost for the procedure, a more efficient path to intervention and the ability to dynamically image musculoskeletal conditions.

“One of the key advantages to ultrasound is that both the physician and patient are looking at the screen and are actively involved in a real-time, diagnostic process,” said Dr. Kindle. “I am able to place the ultrasound probe over different areas and receive immediate and direct feedback from the patient.”

Providers at Andrews Institute typically use static imaging modalities such as X-Ray initially to rule out any bone abnormalities. For diagnostic imaging of soft tissue, patients have access to MRI and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.

While an MRI is a static imaging modality, ultrasound is the best way to dynamically look at the musculoskeletal system and quickly address soft tissue abnormalities in an efficient and cost effective manner.

“Many times we can perform the ultrasound procedure at the point of care rather than require a patient to schedule an appointment for a separate diagnostic imaging procedure,” said Dr. Kindle. “It also allows me to provide a much more efficient path to initiate treatment for the patient because I can confirm or refute the problems that I suspect based on the patients history and physical exam much faster.”

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound procedures are very affordable for patients as well.

“This procedure is very cost effective for patients,” said Dr. Kindle. “By providing this as an option for patients, we are able to screen out patients that do not require alternative diagnostic imaging. This is very cost effective for our patients.”

With Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, patients with initial worries over costs, scheduling and time to intervention soon fade. This revolutionary, inexpensive and direct results procedure removes traditional barriers that often hinder patients from receiving the quality care they need.

To schedule a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound procedure, please call 850.916.8700 or visit AndrewsInstitute.com.

 

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