Real-Time Imaging Overview
“Real-time” imaging modalities such as fluoroscopy and ultrasonography are used at MRM to confirm needle placement during injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and other bio-cellular agents. In the photo on the right, a tiny 25-gauge needle is inserted using live fluoroscopy guidance into the targeted area of an MRM patient receiving a PRP injection into the left shoulder 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 advanced into the knee joint using fluoroscopy “real-time” x-ray guidance. While the tip of the needle remains in very close proximity to the femoral condyle of the knee joint, an autologous bio-cellular agent is injected to treat knee osteoarthritis. Bone and joints are often best visualized using fluoroscopy, whereas skin and soft tissue such as skin wounds, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are usually best visualized using high-resolution ultrasonography.
Whether our regenerative medicine specialists are injecting skin, soft tissues, or musculoskeletal tissues such as shoulder, hand/wrist, elbow, knee, ankle, or feet, we believe our “real-time” image guidance has eliminated the uncertainty and inconsistency of needle placement to the benefit of our patients.
Real-time image guidance provides a safer, more accurate deployment of bio-cellular agents for regenerative medicine treatments. Avoiding puncture of arteries, nerves, tendons, muscles, periosteum and bony structures during needle placement and injection reduces the pain and potential unexpected events associated with regenerative medicine treatment. Safety and customer service for our patients is a top priority at MRM.