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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

BCH now offers Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK), which is a safe, painless and noninvasive imaging procedure used by radiologists to view real-time images of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage throughout the body. This procedure is currently available at Foothills Hospital's Imaging Department.

Advantages of MSK include:

  • Can be used when MRI is contraindicated.
  • Allows for dynamic evaluation in real-time of motion-induced symptoms.
  • Facilitates bilateral comparison to determine if asymmetry or an abnormality is present.
  • More cost effective than other diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Prior authorization is rarely needed.

Common Uses for MSK Ultrasound


  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tenosynovitis


  • Extensor and flexor tendinopathy/tears
  • Biceps/triceps tendon pathology


  • Ganglion evaluation
  • Tendon injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome screening
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Screening

Soft Tissue

  • Palpable lesions
  • Foreign bodies


  • Quad muscle/tendon pathology
  • MCL/LCL injury
  • Bursitis
  • Gastrocnemius tears
  • Baker’s cyst evaluation


  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Medial/lateral tendon tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar fibroma


  • Steroid injections
  • PRP injections
  • Fluid aspirations

Please call BCH's Ultrasound Department with any questions or to schedule at 303-415-7525.