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Ultrasound Q. 2003 Mar;19(1):3-12.

Percutaneous ultrasound-guided injections in the musculoskeletal system.

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  • 1Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA.


Ultrasound guidance is an accurate method for the delivery of therapeutic injections in the musculoskeletal system. The visualization of the needle in real time allows for reliable placement of the needle tip in the tendon sheath, bursa, or joint of interest. Both superficial and deep articulations and tendon sheaths can be targeted for diagnostic or therapeutic interventions. In addition, intratendinous calcifications, the plantar fascia, and interdigital (Morton's) neuromas can also be visualized and injected directly under real-time guidance. Performing percutaneous interventions with ultrasound ensures accurate needle tip placement and helps direct the needle away from other regional soft-tissue structures such as nearby neurovascular bundles.

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