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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound - Benefits and Risks

Benefits

  • An ultrasound exam is noninvasive and painless.
  • Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging methods.
  • An ultrasound exam is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation.
  • Ultrasound gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.

Risks

  • For standard diagnostic ultrasound, there are no known harmful effects.