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Ultrasound can help diagnose hand injuries, study finds

Researchers found that using ultrasound to evaluate flexor tendon injuries in the hand correctly identified fully lacerated tendons and provided an accurate diagnosis of partially torn tendons and identifying the level of fiber tearing. The findings in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology showed that "musculoskeletal [ultrasound] could be widely employed for soft tissue structures, with their well-recognized advantages compared with other imaging techniques" and musculoskeletal US "also provides data that are important before diagnostic surgical exploration, and the process consumes less time than traditional wound exploration techniques or MRI," study authors wrote.

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