By Michael Prats, MD on 01/16/17 01:00 AM
Nail bed injuries are common from finger trauma, but we can't be just ripping off everybody's finger nail to see what what was injured. Maybe ultrasound can help? Hey maybe we also can find fractures of the finger tip while we're at it. This paper takes a look to see how accurate ultrasound is in the diagnosis of these injuries! Honestly, most people are probably not removing finger nails just to repair a small laceration these days so you will have to decide for yourself how this might be useful to you.
By Michael Prats, MD on 11/21/16 03:00 AM
Have you ever used ultrasound to diagnose a shoulder dislocation? Why not?! The shoulder is one of the most commonly dislocated joints. We rely heavily on xray to diagnose the dislocation and also to confirm reduction. What if there was a faster way to know? Newsflash - there is! In addition to diagnosing dislocation, ultrasound, using its dynamic powers, can actually confirm your reduction as well! Oh I get it....you are worried about missing fractures. Well maybe ultrasound can help with that too...better check out this study to see just how well ultrasound performs in all of these tasks.