Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging: Understanding the technology and its applications

Jackie L. Whittaker*, Deydre S. Teyhen, James M. Elliott, Katy Cook, Helene M. Langevin, Haldis H. Dahl, Maria Stokes

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The use of ultrasound imaging by physical therapists is growing in popularity. This commentary has 2 aims. The first is to introduce the concept of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI), provide a definition of the scope of this emerging tool in regard to the physical therapy profession, and describe how this relates to the larger field of medical ultrasound imaging. The second aim is to provide an overview of basic ultrasound imaging and instrumentation principles, including an understanding of the various modes and applications of the technology with respect to neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation and in relation to other common imaging modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-439
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Elastography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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