The Fitzmaurice Hand institute uses the most advanced ultrasound diagnostics available. This leading-edge technology allows a physician to evaluate the upper extremity in a portable setting without radiation. The ultrasound unit is rolled into the exam room and the exam takes only minutes. The ultrasound can assist the physician in the diagnosis of nerve compressions, tendinitis, tendon injuries, masses such as ganglion cysts, muscle injuries, and even bone and joint injuries. The latest ultrasound machines such as that found at The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute provide a high resolution image in real-time to give an immediate diagnosis. This facilitates interaction with the patient, and allows a dynamic examination.
The ultrasound is also used to guide procedures such as aspirations or injections. The area is prepped in the usual manner for an injection, however the needle is guided directly to the anatomical location necessary with the aid of the ultrasound. This minimizes discomfort because significantly fewer attempts are required. This also improves results because the medication is directed right where it is needed for maximum results.