European Radiology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 44–55

Ultrasound of tendons and nerves

  • Carlo Martinoli
  • Stefano Bianchi
  • M'Hamed Dahmane
  • Francesca Pugliese
  • Maria Bianchi-Zamorani
  • Maura Valle
Ultrasound*

DOI: 10.1007/s00330-001-1161-9

Cite this article as:
Martinoli, C., Bianchi, S., Dahmane, M. et al. Eur Radiol (2002) 12: 44. doi:10.1007/s00330-001-1161-9

Abstract

Tendons and nerves represent probably one of the best application of musculoskeletal US due to the high lesion detection rate and accuracy of US combined with its low cost, wide availability, and ease of use. The refinement of high-frequency broadband linear-array transducers, and sensitive color and power Doppler technology, have improved the ability of US to detect fine textural abnormalities of these structures as well as to identify a variety of pathological conditions. Characteristic echotextural patterns, closely resembling the histological ones, are typically depicted in these structures using high US frequencies. In tendon imaging, US can assess dislocations, degenerative changes and tendon tears, including intrasubstance tears, longitudinal splits, partial and complete rupture, inflammatory conditions and tendon tumors, as well as postoperative findings. In nerve imaging, US can support clinical and electrophysiological testing for detection of compressing lesions caused by nerve entrapment in a variety of osteofibrous tunnels of the limbs and extremities. Congenital anomalies, nerve tears, and neurogenic tumors can also be diagnosed. Overall, US is an effective technique for imaging tendons and nerves. In most cases, a focused US examination can be performed more rapidly and efficiently than MR imaging.

Tendons Nerves Musculoskeletal system Peripheral nervous system Ultrasound

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo Martinoli
    • 1
  • Stefano Bianchi
    • 2
  • M'Hamed Dahmane
    • 1
  • Francesca Pugliese
    • 1
  • Maria Bianchi-Zamorani
    • 3
  • Maura Valle
    • 4
  1. 1.Cattedra di Radiologia "R" – DICMI – Università di Genova, Largo Rosanna Benzi 8, 16132 GenovaItaly
  2. 2.Département de Radiologie, Division de Radiodiagnostic et de radiologie interventionnelle, Hôpital cantonal Universitaire de Genève, 1211 GenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Unité de Development et de Recherche des Etudes Medicales (UDREM), Université de Genève, 1211 GenevaSwitzerland
  4. 4.Istituto Scientifico "Giannina Gaslini", 16128 GenovaItaly