Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound is a powerful tool for imaging soft tissue (including tendons and ligaments). Ultrasound has become an integral part of routine diagnosis and management in MSK Medicine.

Assessment of an injury should involve the following steps: ‘look, feel, and move then ultrasound’. Therefore ultrasound plays an important role in diagnosis. An increasing number of clinicians involved in Regenerative Orthopaedics should understand and be able to perform ultrasound more.

There are many advantages with diagnostic ultrasound compared to other imaging modalities. Ultrasound is cheap, patient friendly, portable and it is carried out in an open space environment.

Ultrasound can also detect several anatomical regions that may not be clinically related to the site of the patient’s complaint.

Nowadays with using ultrasound, clinicians are able to interact with the patient who can then direct the examination towards the symptomatic area. Since the ultrasound examination is being carried out in a real time, the physician and the patient can see the results immediately. This has the advantage that the treatment strategy can be outlined during the same visit.

Many specialities such as Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and General Practitioners are integrating diagnostic ultrasound into their daily practices.