Visualising shoulder and elbow conditions with ultrasound technology

Ultrasound technology is aiding specialist treatment of shoulder and elbow problems at Germany’s Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, enabling primary diagnosis, screening and monitoring of patients’ progress, as well as needle guidance for injections. Professor Markus Scheibel, Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Department at the hospital, explained: “We see a wide range of patients, from those displaying very early signs of a problem to more complex cases that may already have received some treatment but now need specialist attention, as well as many sporting injuries.”

Photo: Visualising shoulder and elbow conditions with ultrasound technology
Professor Markus Scheibel, Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Department at...
Professor Markus Scheibel, Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Department at theGermany’s Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

“Point-of-care ultrasound is a perfect tool for screening patients with shoulder and elbow problems in the primary diagnostic setting, and we work with two SonoSite point-of-care ultrasound systems – an EDGE® and an X-Porte® – for this reason. Ultrasound offers a dynamic examination, and has the advantage that both shoulders – or elbows – can easily be scanned. This allows comparison of healthy and damaged joints, which is really useful, since everyone has their own unique anatomy. It is also highly beneficial for post-operative monitoring of patients’ progress, as well as for needle guidance during joint injections. In addition, easy-to-use, point-of-care ultrasound systems with good image quality enable clinicians to work independently of the location; portable instruments, such as the EDGE, can simply be carried from site to site. This allows ultrasound to be used whenever and wherever it is required, which is a big advantage.”

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About FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.
SonoSite helped pioneer the concept of portable, point-of-care ultrasound, and it continues to be a world-leading manufacturer and innovator of bedside ultrasound systems as well as an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by 26 subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. SonoSite’s portable, compact systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. For more information, go to: www.sonosite.com/de.

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