Soft tissue scans are non-invasive and site-specific as compared to an MRI. A diagnostic ultrasound allows us to view the soft tissue and provides an immediate result.
The 7.5 mHz -12 mHz transducer (probe) is placed on the area that is causing pain. It is then visualized on the monitor. The site that is in question, if it is injured, appears as a black (hypoechoic) area. Inflammation appears this way. Injections can also be guided to a site of inflammation and precisely deposit an anti-inflammatory at this spot.
Getting a Read for Your Foot & Ankle Needs
Soft tissue scans provide a fast, inexpensive way to view soft tissue injuries. The test is performed in office as opposed to going to an outside facility. The report is read by one of our expert doctors in diagnostic ultrasound.
Dr. Thapar is an expert in soft tissue imaging. She is the co-author of Musculoskeletal Imaging of the Foot and Ankle. The textbook was made available to practitioners in 2008.