Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: An Essential Tool in Diagnosing Patellar Tendon Injuries.
Manske RC, Page P, Voight M, Wolfe C.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound has emerged as a vital tool in diagnosing patellar tendon injuries. Traditional imaging techniques, such as X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, have certain limitations in assessing soft tissue structures or may not be easily accessible. MSK ultrasound, with its high-resolution, real-time imaging capabilities, offers a cost-effective, safe, and patient-friendly alternative. It allows for accurate visualization of the patellar tendon’s structure and function, thereby facilitating the identification of pathological changes such as thickening, thinning, or disruption which aids in diagnosing conditions such as tendonitis, partial tears, and ruptures. Furthermore, MSK ultrasound serves as an invaluable tool for guiding interventions like injections, as it provides real-time imaging. This article explores the role and benefits of MSK ultrasound in diagnosing patellar tendon injuries, highlighting its cost-effectiveness, accessibility, real-time assessment capabilities, and reduced patient burden compared to other imaging modalities. Despite its numerous benefits, the need for ongoing research to enhance its utility is highlighted. As technology advances, MSK ultrasound is set to revolutionize the early detection and management of patellar tendon injuries.