Ultrasound Diagnostics of Tendon Injuries in Hand Surgery

Sonography is an increasingly used examination procedure for the diagnosis of illnesses of the hand, especially of the soft tissues. Sonoanatomic assessment of the functional structures (Tab. 1) sometimes allows the exclusion of various differential diagnoses. However, this requires quite a bit of experience on the part of the examiner. The assessment of the peripheral nerves can be difficult - especially when the fingers are concerned. The technical enhancement of high-resolution transducers will surely lead to an expansion of diagnostic possibilities.

Fig. 1: Insertion of a silicon rod in preparation for a tendon transplant...
Fig. 1: Insertion of a silicon rod in preparation for a tendon transplant (silicon rod ends on the tendinous stump in the end member area)

This article was first published in the VISIONS, issue 07/2005, a publication of Toshiba Medical Systems


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