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Hand & Wrist Anatomy

Hand & Wrist Anatomy

This week we had a very informative presentation by one of our key sonographers, Srujana Komanduri. Our team shared comments and knowledge surrounding Hand & Wrist Anatomy at our weekly CPD meeting.

Hand & wrist anatomy can be quite complex involving 27 bones and 34 muscles as well as various joints, ligaments and tendons. Understanding the structure well is important to our sonographers as ultrasound is commonly used to diagnose problems in the area.

Diagnosing Wrist Tendonitis

Specific situations in which ultrasound offers benefits include evaluation of tendon inflammation and rupture, evaluation of soft tissue masses , and evaluation of suspected foreign bodies.

Commonly patients use our ultrasound scanning service when they are experiencing pain, discomfort, inflammation, swelling and or reduced movement in their hand or wrists.

Conditions that can be identified using ultrasound scans:

  • Osteo or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Muscular, tendinous and ligamentous damage
  • Joint effusions
  • Soft tissue masses such as lipomas
  • Classification of a mass e.g. solid, cystic, mixed
  • Post-surgical complications e.g. abscess, oedema

If you are concerned about any of these conditions you can ask about our Musculoskeletal Scans (MSK).

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