Dr. Kerber demonstrates the non-invasive diagnostic procedure, gliding the ultrasound transducer over the patient’s wrist as he watches the screen for images that may indicate the presence of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Based on the results of a recent study demonstrating the effectiveness of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Gibson Area Hospital is now offering the non-invasive test to patients for the confirmation of a clinical diagnosis for this common condition. Often considered a repetitive-use injury, CTS is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist with symptoms of numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm or hand.
Performed exclusively by on-site Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist Dr. Gary Kerber, the ultrasound test provides "instantaneous results" according to Dr. Kerber, which are appreciated by both patients and physicians. Not only is the diagnostic test fast, but also painless. "The ultrasound test is comfortable for the patient and tolerated very well," noted Dr. Kerber.
Traditionally, electrodiagnostic testing, which requires an electrical stimulation of the nerves, has been considered the "gold standard" for CTS diagnostics. However, it can prove to be time-consuming, painful, and expensive. With the findings published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, September 2014, ultrasound is now considered an accurate and comparable means of CTS diagnosis, but without the discomfort and cost of electrodiagnostic testing. For those suffering with CTS symptoms, the quick, pain-free assessment is a welcomed alternative.
Dr. Kerber’s years of experience in all aspects of medical imaging provided the skill set necessary to identify the appropriate anatomy for an accurate CTS diagnosis, enabling GAH to promptly add the service for patients. For more information about Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, visit www.gibsonhospital.org.