Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2006; 10(1): 079-085
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-934218
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Sonography of Joint Replacements

Theodore T. Miller1
  • 1Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Department of Radiology, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Great Neck, New York
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Publication Date:
03 March 2006 (online)


Sonography is ideally suited for the evaluation of joint effusion, synovial thickening, and the ligaments and tendons surrounding a joint replacement because it is not hampered by the dephasing artifact of magnetic resonance imaging or the beam-hardening streak artifact of computed tomographic scanning. Although it is unable to visualize deep within the joint or into the bone surrounding an arthroplasty component, its dynamic capability allows evaluation of joint kinematics and its real-time capability can guide interventional procedures. This article reviews the sonographic appearances of complications of arthroplasty of the shoulder, hip, and knee.


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Theodore T MillerM.D. 

Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Department of Radiology, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center

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