Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is a diagnostic method for visualization (observation of soft tissues from the skin to the bone surface). The method enables the observation while moving (dynamic ultrasound) which increases the method’s sensitivity. It is a method where a doctor can see in real-time the changes that have occurred since the last examination. The test can be recorded and used later.
This method helps guiding the needle during an arthrocentesis (diagnostic and therapeutic procedure of needle insertion into the joint). With the introduction of Color and Power Doppler in the hands of a trained and experienced doctor ultrasound has become a powerful diagnostic tool. Ultrasound is no match for procedures for visualization; however, it has it own place in the diagnostics and treatment of patients with rheumatic or orthopedic conditions. It represents the first step of visualization after a medical examination and therefore ultrasound is regarded as the extension of the clinician’s hands.
An adequate examination requires modern equipment of which the high frequency linear probe is the most important. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is used for some of the most common rheumatic diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, osteoarthritis, extra-articular rheumatism (shoulder impingement syndrome, tennis elbow). This method uses 5 – 15 MHz high frequency linear probes.
To schedule an appointment contact the Marketing Department (+381 18 502 211, firstname.lastname@example.org). If the patient is already in the institute for treatment and rehabilitation, he/her will have a test scheduled by one of the medical staff.
Bring the following items to the appointment:
- A valid identification(passport, ID);
- Previous medical documentation
- The medications the patient takes as his/hers current therapy and the documentation
- Form INO-1 (foreign citizens who reside temporariy in Serbia)
The diagnostic method is charged according to the valid price list of the Institute.
This method is painless and proven to be harmless to people.
Examinations are held in room 101 on the first floor of Zelengora every Monday and Thursday.
An examination usually last about 15 minutes.
The findings are issued immediately after the examination.