Ultrasound Evaluation of Pediatric Orthopaedic Patients

Jody Litrenta, MD; Karim Masrouha, MD; Amy Wasterlain, MD; Pablo Castaneda, MD


J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020;28(16):e696-e705. 

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Ultrasonography is a technique that can be used in the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions, including fractures, hip dysplasia, joint effusions, and congenital bony abnormalities. Significant research exists which corroborate its value as a diagnostic tool. Adopting ultrasonography as part of the clinical evaluation of pediatric orthopaedic patients provides quick and useful information and can reduce patient radiation exposure. Ultrasonography is a readily available tool that the pediatric orthopaedic surgeon can master in a short period of time and broadly apply in practice.