Ultrasound showing tendon injury
High frequency sound waves are transmitted via a transducer head and coupling medium to the tissues, to create echo signals. In a similar way to x-rays it is the density which gives the picture. Undamaged tissue in tendons and muscles will show as dense grey speckling, in contrast damaged tissue will be black (the tissue is breaking down).
Another advantage is that with ultrasound scans movement can be seen! However, ultrasound does not allow deep structures to be examined.
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