Ultrasound – A Non-Invasive Technique
Palm Beach Sports Medicine offers state-of-the-art ultrasound technology for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive approach to diagnostic imaging, providing real-time images that doctor and patient can view together. It uses gentle sound waves that “bounce” off internal structures, giving the trained physician or technologist an accurate view of targeted areas like the rotator cuff or biceps tendon.
Ultrasound technology provides the same non-invasive approach to accurately guiding injections with pinpoint accuracy, ensuring that pain-relieving medications and/or growth factors are placed where they will do you the most good.
All of the doctors at Palm Beach Sports Medicine are skilled in the use of this advanced technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does ultrasound imaging work?
Ultrasound imaging (ultrasonography) is a non-invasive technique that sends high frequency sound waves into the body to “bounce” off internal structures, just as sonar is used to locate structures beneath the surface of the ocean.
Before your ultrasound begins, a cool gel will be spread over the area to be visualized. This allows the probe/sensor that the doctor or technologist uses on the surface of your skin to make a good connect and move smoothly as it receives images and transmits them to a computer.
The computer digitizes the images for future reference, but the beauty of ultrasound is that the doctor and patient can see the ultrasound images together, in real-time, so they can discuss what is being revealed.
Your doctor will use your ultrasound images to assist in making a diagnosis and designing a treatment plan that is right for you.
You won’t feel any pain during your ultrasound session.
What should I share with my physician prior to my ultrasound imaging?
At Palm Beach Sports Medicine, we want to be sure every procedure we schedule for you is safe. That is why we perform a clinical exam and take a thorough medical history before we schedule any tests or procedures.
But ultrasound is non-invasive and painless, and has virtually no contraindications.
How do I prepare for the ultrasound?
Other than wearing loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the area being visualized, there is no special preparation for an ultrasound.
What will happen during the ultrasound examination?
You will relax while lying or sitting as the doctor or technologist instructs to allow the best access to the area to be visualized.
You will be asked to reposition your clothing to allow a lubricating gel to be applied to the area.
A probe/sensor will be guided over your skin, sending and receiving ultrasonic waves that will define the target area, allowing the doctor to visualize internal structures.
When the test is complete, any excess lubricating gel will be wiped off and you can reposition your clothes, leave the office, and enjoy all your regular activities.
How long does the ultrasound take?
Usually, just a few minutes. It depends on the area of the body being visualized, and the information the doctor needs to share with you and show you during the procedure.
Is it safe?
Yes! Ultrasonography uses only sound waves to help us gather images, not radiation, so there is no cumulative exposure to worry about.
What about therapeutic uses of ultrasound?
Ultrasound technology is used to help guide the doctor in precise placement of injections of pain-killing medications, steroid, and growth factors. It is the same non-invasive procedure that is used during diagnostic imaging.
Where do I go for my ultrasound?
At Palm Beach Sports Medicine, your ultrasound procedure, whether diagnostic or therapeutic, will be performed in the comfort of our office. Just enter the main lobby as you would for a regular office visit.
How do I obtain a copy of my ultrasound test?
All you have to do is ask. It isn’t available right away, but if you give us 24 hours’ notice, we can have a copy prepared for you. Please note that we may charge a minimal fee for preparing copies of your ultrasound images.