X-Ray and Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging

X-Ray Facility

PCSM offers a state-of-the-art, in-house, x-ray facility to evaluate for any bony injuries including fractures, growth plate injuries, dislocations, and degenerative joint disease. With the help of our highly trained x-ray technicians, appropriate radiographic views are taken to fully evaluate pediatric and adult bone and joint injuries.

With the ease and convenience of on-site x-ray services, our physicians are able to review and interpret images prior to examining a patient. This is important, especially in pediatric growth plate injuries, as radiographs may appear normal, but clinical exam may demonstrate tenderness over a growth plate, which would change the treatment plan. The combination of x-ray images with clinical evaluation is crucial in making an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to the patients’ specific needs.

X-rays available:

  • Upper extremity: fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, shoulder
  • Lower extremity: femur, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot, toes
  • Spine: cervical, thoracic, lumbar
  • Pelvis/hips
  • Ribs

Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging

Advances in ultrasound technology and the development of high-resolution ultrasound transducers have enabled healthcare providers to clearly visualize and detect pathology of muscle, tendon, and joints. Ultrasound technology provides us with a detailed description of superficial musculoskeletal structures, such that it may replace Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for specific conditions including tendon pathology.

One of the greatest advantages of ultrasound technology includes real-time guidance in which we are able to visualize the needle throughout the entirety of the procedure, such as a joint aspiration or joint injection. Utilizing ultrasound guidance assures pinpoint accuracy of the needle into the appropriate tissue or joint space, enabling patients to obtain the maximum benefits of the medication injected.

Primary Care Sports Medicine offers diagnostic ultrasound evaluation for the majority of musculoskeletal conditions. If pathology is found during the examination, the patient and provider may discuss treatment options including corticosteroid, viscosupplementation, or PRP injections.