Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound is a method of obtaining images of ligaments, tendons, muscles and bursa by sending high-frequency sound waves into the body. The sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real time visual image. Ultrasound provides real-time, noninvasive rapid examination and has become an important diagnostic tool. No radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging.

We have the Sonosite PX which offers the most advanced image clarity for treating and diagnosing patients. We use the L 19-5 transducer which is the highest frequency transducer Sonosite has ever produced for fine resolution in small joints such as the finger, and low frequency transducers to visualize large deep joints such as the hip.

Ultrasound Guided Injections

Ultrasound Guided Injections or UGI is an advanced method of treatment which allows image guided needle localization to the site of tissue injury. Ultrasound guidance for musculoskeletal injections improves the accuracy of treatment by creating a real time image of the anatomy and needle placement. This noninvasive imaging technique allows continuous monitoring of the needle position, which aids the performance of precise injections. Ultrasound Guided Injections accurately deliver medication to specific painful sites and provides the greatest amount of pain reduction.

Tenex FAST (Focused Aspiration Of Soft Tissue) Procedure

Using the Tenex Health TX System and Ultrasound guided imaging, Dr. Li is able to precisely remove diseased tissue with minimal invasion. Dr. Li is the only orthopedic surgeon in McLean county using Tenex to help his patients recover quicker. Removal of the damaged tissue allows the normal surrounding tissue to heal properly and without pain. The advantages in performing this procedure using MSK Ultrasound include:

  • Less recovery time
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Less pain afterwards

The Tenex Health TX System can be used to address the most common areas for tendon and soft tissue injury including:

  • Elbow- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Knee- Patella Tendonitis or tear
  • Ankle- Achilles Tendonitis or tear
  • Foot- Plantar Fasciitis