Ultrasound for Shoulder Dislocation

How does it fare compared to our old friend the xray?

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.