The calcaneal quantitative ultrasound is used primarily for bone density screening. The Imaging Center of UWS utilizes the Achilles InSight Ultrasonometer to measure ultrasound variables of the calcaneus to provide a clinical measure called the Stiffness Index. The Stiffness Index results are expressed as T-scores to assist physicians in the diagnosis of osteoporosis the same way as the T-scores are obtained by x-ray absorptiometry.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is digital plain film imaging (x-ray)?
X-rays allow your doctor to visualize areas within your body not normally seen. Utilizing low doses of ionizing radiation, x-rays aid in diagnosing fractures, arthritis and many other conditions that directly impact your care. The Imaging Center of UWS uses state-of-the-art equipment making certain that your radiographs are of the highest quality possible. Your x-rays are taken and interpreted by highly qualified individuals who are dedicated to ensuring that the results of your study are given to your doctor, usually within the same day. There is no special preparation needed for this exam.
What is musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK)?
Musculoskeletal (MSK) diagnostic ultrasound is an injury assessment modality that uses sound waves to create images of painful or injured areas in the body. This technique provides high resolution images. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is known to be effective in improving the care of patients with a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. Although MRI dominated as an imaging procedure for many years in North America, musculoskeletal ultrasound is now emerging as an affordable alternative to MRI. Historically this technique was developed in the German-speaking countries, mainly Germany and Switzerland, and is now being utilized throughout Europe.
Is MSK safe?
Ultrasound imaging is safe, noninvasive and without risk factors. It can also be used in patients when MRI is contraindicated. There is no radiation involved and can therefore be used repeatedly if clinically necessary.
Is MSK accurate?
There are certain anatomic regions like the shoulder where this technique has proven to be equal or superior to MRI. As opposed to MRI, MSK ultrasound does not only provide static visualization but it adds a dynamic component. Ligaments, tendons and muscles can be tested under the application of stress. This allows testing the integrity of soft tissue structures and helps to evaluate pain with motion.
Is MSK affordable?
The cost of MSK ultrasound is lower than the insurance deductible for an MRI.
Is MSK efficient?
The ultrasound is easily portable and allows the examiner to immediately screen for injuries at any location. This explains the high utilization of this technique in professional athletics. No patient preparation is needed for this procedure. Please refer to the Information Sheet for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for a detailed list of indicators that your patient might need a MSK-ultrasound.
What is a calcaneal quantitative ultrasound for bone density screening?
The Imaging Center of UWS provides an inexpensive, risk-free screen for osteoporosis utilizing sound waves that measure the stiffness of the calcaneus. There is no special preparation is needed for this examination. This examination will be able to determine normal bone density, low bone density or osteoporosis. Screening is recommended if risk factors are present such as:• Gender: Women are four-times more likely to experience depleting bone density than men. • Age: The older you are, the greater your risk of osteoporosis. • Body size: Small, thin women are at greater risk. • Ethnicity: Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk. Black and Hispanic women have a lower risk. • Family history: Osteoporosis tends to run in families. If a family member has osteoporosis or breaks a bone, there is a greater chance that you will too.
How is insurance/payment processed?
We take care of the insurance verification process for all our patients. We discuss with the patient their form of payment and handle the billing process, if applicable.