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Botsford Rheumatology Offers Non-Invasive Test to View Soft Tissues

Farmington Hills, Mich. (July 17, 2009)---Botsford Hospital Rheumatology Clinic now offers musculoskeletal ultrasound, a real-time evaluation of soft tissues for patients with shoulder and joint complaints. The ultrasound is a non-invasive medical test that provides pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body. 
Musculoskeletal ultrasound images help physicians diagnose tendon tears, abnormalities of the muscles, bleeding or other fluid collection, soft tissue tumors and early changes of rheumatoid arthritis. Prior to using ultrasound, x-rays and MRIs were used to diagnose patients with inflammatory conditions. The ultrasound is an additional tool for Botsford’s rheumatologists to evaluate their patients and get results immediately. 
Inocencio Cuesta, M.D., says, “Rheumatologists in Europe have been using musculoskeletal ultrasound for years. We are just beginning to use this device in the U.S. and the physicians are actually providing the test. This allows me, as a physician, to talk with the patient while I perform the ultrasound and give immediate results.” 
Dr. Cuesta notes that musculoskeletal ultrasound has many benefits including: 
Ultrasound is a noninvasive test. 
It is easy to use and less expensive than other imaging methods. 
Ultrasound gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images. 
It causes no health problems and may be repeated as often as necessary. 
Ultrasound provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as cortisone injections, needle biopsies and needle aspiration of fluid. 
Ultrasound is not sensitive to movement, unlike MRI and x-ray machines where movement can affect results. 
If you would like to be referred to a Botsford doctor and learn more about this test, please contact Botsford’s HealthMatch at (877) 477-DOC1.

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