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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Should Radiologists Maintain a Role?

Published:March 01, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.01.019
      Radiologists throughout the decades have introduced, developed, and advanced the use of ultrasound in evaluation of the musculoskeletal system, first evaluating the rotator cuff in 1977 (
      • Mayer V.
      Ultrasonography of the rotator cuff.
      ). With the development of improved equipment producing high resolution imaging, ultrasound plays a significant role in musculoskeletal imaging complementing, and at times rivaling other imaging methods such as MR imaging for specific indications (
      • Nazarian LN.
      The top 10 reasons musculoskeletal sonography is an important complementary or alternative technique to MRI.
      ,
      • Jacobson JA.
      Musculoskeletal sonography and MR imaging. A role for both imaging methods.
      ,
      • Jacobson JA.
      Musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI: which do I choose?.
      ). Additionally, musculoskeletal ultrasound is now an important modality not only for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders but also for guiding diagnostic and therapeutic interventions including injections and biopsies (
      • Joines MM
      • Motamedi K
      • Seeger LL
      • et al.
      Musculoskeletal interventional ultrasound.
      ).
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