Ultrasound in Orthopedic Diagnosis

  • V. Mayer


The results of an in-progress feasilibity study to determine the value of ultrasound in orthopedic diagnosis will be shown. In reviewing the literature on its application to orthopedics the author found remarkably few reports shoving orthopedic studies. Further investigations revealed that there was a prevailing opinion that the use in orthopedic surgery was restricted because of the bony structures which were involved and their poor display by ultrasound. However, an analysis of orthopedic problems reveals that the interest in soft tissue structures about the bones and joints as veil as the anatomic relationship of one bone to another plays an equally important role in orthopedic investigation and treatment. With this premise, the author began a survey of various joints and structures in the body to determine what technique and which joints would lend themselves to a meaningful investigation. The initial examination vas done with the B-mode and then the Gray scale whenever it was available. Examinations of the shoulder wrist, hand, vertebral column, hips and knees were done. The cross sectional anatomy of each of these areas and x-ray examinations were then correlated with the ultrasound scans and consistent and repeatable images were obtained.


Gray Scale Carpal Tunnel Vertebral Column Ultrasound Scan Bony Structure 
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© American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Mayer
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Hospital for Special SurgeryUSA
  2. 2.New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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