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Musculoskeletal ultrasound as an aid to palpation

Musculoskeletal ultrasound helps to increase diagnostic accuracy and reproducibility

Physical examination of musculoskeletal disorders is an essential part of graduate medical education.

The current study highlights the relatively poor accuracy of musculoskeletal palpation skills and draws further attention to an area of much-needed improvement at the level of musculoskeletal training programs.

The results showed poor accuracy rates for palpation of the medial knee joint line, patellar tendon, and posterior tibialis tendon, with the medial joint line of the knee being the worst.

MSU can provide direct feedback regarding palpation skills, which can help improve the accuracy of musculoskeletal palpation.

> From: Mehta, J Ultrasound Med (2017) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Click here for the online summary.

*Reference: Finnoff et al., Br J Sports Med 49 (2015) 145-150. Click here for the Pubmed summary.

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