Diagnostic ultrasound itself is an extremely useful tool in medical practice. It provides useful information that no other diagnostic test can:
• It offers the practitioner the ability to evaluate anatomy in motion - in other words, Dr. Gavin is able to see soft tissue structures functioning and moving in real-time, at approximately 10% the cost of MRI, which is a static image or snapshot that does not allow for evaluation of motion.
• It offers the practitioner the ability to obtain subjective feedback in real-time from the patient - in other words, Dr. Gavin is able to specifically pinpoint the area of pain while directly observing soft tissue structures with the ultrasound machine, while the patient is able to communicate information regarding where the pain is coming from.
• It offers the practitioner the ability to perform ultrasonic guided aspiration of fluid filled structures and ultrasonic guided injection of medications such as Cortizone which provides for much more accurate and effective injection techniques with higher rates of success, reducing the necessity for surgical procedures. In essence, diagnostic ultrasound functions very much like a camcorder compared to a still camera.