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The Massachusetts General Hospital Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program provides diagnostic ultrasound exams and ultrasound-guided procedures to assist with early diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and disorders such as arthritis, bursitis, gout.
Led by Minna J. Kohler, MD, the Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program is a specialized service within the Rheumatology Unit. Musculoskeletal ultrasound offers non-operative treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions of the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee, and ankle and foot.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound, also known as MSK ultrasound or simply MSKUS, uses sound waves to quickly provide images of bones, joints and tendons at the point-of-care to assist with diagnosis and treatment. Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound is fast, non-invasive and radiation-free. Ultrasound-guided injections deliver greater accuracy and less pain than injections guided by touch.
At your first appointment, your physician will conduct a medical history and physical examination. To facilitate rapid diagnosis and treatment, physicians often perform ultrasounds and interpret the results during the same visit. Your physician may perform additional diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound or ultrasound-guided procedures at that time or may schedule subsequent visits.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is often performed to assist with:
The Rheumatology Fellowship Program, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, offers opportunities for physicians, scientists and clinician-educators to study the many aspects and applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound. Learn more about the Rheumatology Fellowship Program
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