Diagnostic Ultrasound

Diagnostic Ultrasound

In the past decade ultrasound has emerged as an exciting and powerful tool in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. Until this modality became readily available within outpatient clinics, MRI was the only way to visualize soft tissue structures.

The major drawback of ultrasound is that it is simply a tool, and as such its utility is entirely dependent on the skill level of the physician holding the probe. It takes innumerable hours of performing ultrasound to gain proficiency with using this tool. While many providers can use ultrasound to guide a needle with a reasonable level of competence, the ability to use ultrasound as a diagnostic tool to evaluate tissue for damage or injury, requires an entirely new level of skill and experience.

Dr. Shoemaker possesses just that level of skill and experience. Through dedicated ultrasound training during fellowship and years of subsequent experience, Dr. Shoemaker is highly advanced in his use of ultrasound not only for extremely accurate needle placement for any non-spine injection, which is especially critical for regenerative medicine techniques such as PRP, but also for diagnostic evaluation of various orthopedic conditions. Having this additional tool at his disposal not only increases the quality of the care that we can provide and the accuracy of diagnosis, but also the cost efficiency with which that care can be implemented. A diagnostic shoulder ultrasound, for example, costs a fraction of a shoulder MRI and reveals much of the same information in addition to some things often missed on an MRI.