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 and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In the photo on the right, a tiny 25-gauge needle is shown being guided into the left shoulder joint of an MRM patient receiving a PRP injection to treat chronic 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” guidance. While the tip of the needle remains in very close proximity to the femoral condyle portion of the knee joint, adipocyte-derived stem cells combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are injected to treat knee osteoarthritis. This is how stem cells and PRP are deployed (injected) into chronic, degenerative regions during a regenerative medicine treatment at MRM. Bone and joints are best visualized using fluoroscopy, whereas soft tissue such as tendon, ligament, and muscle are best visualized using high-resolution ultrasound.
Whether our regenerative medicine specialists are injecting shoulders, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, or 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, at MRM a small diameter needle (25-Gauge) is all that is needed for injection of stem cells and PRP.
Our regenerative medicine specialist consults with each patient to customize a treatment plan specific to their needs, wants, and desired treatment results.