CME Radiology Grand Rounds


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2021 - 2022 Schedule


April 8, 2022 - CANCELED

12:00-1:00PM | Zoom Meeting

Christopher Hess, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair

Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging
University of California, San Francisco

April 22, 2022

12:00-1:00PM | LK120 and Zoom Meeting

Jon Jacobson, MD

Professor, Radiology
University of Cincinnati

The Role of Ultrasound in Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Pathology

There are a number of common applications for the use of ultrasound in the musculoskeletal system, the most common being evaluation of the rotator cuff. Tendinosis will appear as hypoechoic enlargement of a tendon and tendon tear will appear as a well-defined hypoechoic or anechoic defect. Tendon retraction is an indicator of full-thickness tear. Ultrasound can also effectively evaluate inflammatory arthritis, but identifying joint effusion, synovitis, and erosions. The presence of flow on color Doppler imaging indicates the activity of synovitis. Another application is evaluation for ligament tear. Hypoechoic or anechoic disruption of normal ligament fibers indicates tear, and evaluation while stressing the ligament further indicates severity of ligament disruption. Ultrasound can also evaluate peripheral nerves, showing hypoechoic enlargement with entrapment neuropathies, nerve trauma, and nerve sheath tumors. Soft tissue foreign bodies are well seen with ultrasound given high resolution. One last application is evaluation for soft tissue masses, most commonly confirming the presence of a presumed benign mass, such as Baker cyst, ganglion cyst, or lipoma.