MSK ULTRASOUND BITES: TIPS AND TRICKS
The Application of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Supraspinatus Injuries.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) diagnostic ultrasound has become an invaluable tool in the assessment of musculoskeletal pathologies, including rotator cuff injuries, notably the supraspinatus tendon. MSK ultrasound, characterized by high-resolution and real-time imaging capabilities, presents a cost-effective, safe, and patient-friendly alternative. This modality allows precise visualization of the supraspinatus tendon’s structure and function, aiding in the identification of pathological alterations, such as thickening, thinning, or disruption, critical in diagnosing conditions like tendonitis, partial tears, and ruptures. In this manuscript, we detail the diagnostic utility of MSK ultrasound in assessing supraspinatus injuries, discussing the indications, techniques, and findings relevant to the supraspinatus tendon. Moreover, we examine the advantages and limitations of this imaging modality and provide a step-by-step guide for accurate supraspinatus tendon evaluation. The evidence suggests that MSK ultrasound is a dependable and cost-effective imaging technique for diagnosing supraspinatus injuries when executed by skilled operators.