Real-Time Imaging Overview
“Real-time” imaging modalities such as fluoroscopy and duplex ultrasound are used at Minnesota Regenerative Medicine (MRM) to confirm precise needle placement during injection of stem cells, SVF, and high-density platelet-rich plasma (HD-PRP). In the photo on the right, a tiny 25-gauge needle is being shown precision guided into the left shoulder joint of an MRM patient receiving an HD-PRP injection to treat rotator cuff tendinitis.
In the photo on the left, a tiny needle has been inserted through the skin lateral to the patellar tendon then precision advanced into the knee joint using fluoroscopy “real-time” guidance. While the tip of the needle remains in very close proximity to the femoral condyle (bony) portion of the knee joint, stem cells with SVF are injected to treat knee osteoarthritis. This is how stem cells and SVF are deployed (injected) into chronic, degenerative regions during a regenerative medicine treatment at MRM. Bone and joints are best visualized using fluoroscopy, whereas skin and soft tissue such as skin wounds, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are best visualized using high-resolution ultrasound.
Whether our regenerative medicine specialists are injecting skin, soft tissues, shoulders, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, or feet, we believe our “real-time” imaging has eliminated the uncertainty and inconsistency of needle placement to the benefit of our patients. Unlike corticosteroid injections and visco-supplement (hyaluronic acid) joint injections that usually require a large gauge needle to be used to allow for injection of viscous agents, at MRM a small diameter 25-Gauge needle or smaller is all that is needed for injection of stem cells, SVF, and HD-PRP.
Our regenerative medicine specialist consults with each patient to customize a regenerative medicine treatment plan specific to their degenerative condition.