Point-of-Care Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound is a very useful tool for Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pysiotherapists and General Practitioners. It is well-suited to emerging and low-resource economies, as it is cheaper than the more high-end imaging modalities, such as CT and MRI. The caveat is that training is essential, as ultrasound is avery operator-dependent skill.
The modern high-end Ultrasound machines, can replicate MRI quality images, that are useful for diagnosis and treatment at the bedside. They are obviously more cost-effective in the long-run than doing an MRI on every patient. The advantages over MRI are cost, repeatability, and dynamic tests can be done in real-time. The deputy CEO of Educate Medicine has a special interest in Pont-of-Care Ultrasound, and teaches and runs courses in the UK, and in Nigeria. He was recently invited by the Nigerian Orthopaedic Association (in association with Cedar Crest Hospital Abuja) to run a taster MSK workshop, at their Annual General/Scientific meeting in Lokokja(26th & 27th November 2013.
The interactive workshop generated a lot of interest among the orthopaedic surgeons at the conference. The stations were run with the Toshiba Aplio (supplied by JNCI). it is hoped that there will be follow-up workshops in MSK and other point-of-care ultrasound modalities in Nigeria.