Medicus Alpha Clinic in Plovdiv is one of the few medical establishments that can offer highly specialized ultrasound diagnostics for issues of the superficial structures. The practice of ultrasound diagnosing of the locomotory system diseases is still not popular in Bulgaria, although it is of indispensable benefit for the patient and supplies ample complementary information to the medical specialist, thus improving significantly the diagnosis precision and optimizing the treatment process.
Medicus Alpha is equipped with a super ultrasound apparatus that has 18 mHz Doppler transducer. It is used to perform joint puncture and precise conduction anesthesia with ultrasound guiding. Its major advantage is the proper diagnostics of various inflammatory diseases as: arthritis, miositis, bursitis and tendovaginitis, muscular, tendon, nerve, meniscus trauma, different types of joint, tendon and muscular cysts and tumors; occupational diseases and such related to physical exhaustion. Many of these conditions are indiscernible with X-ray or MRT, and are generally diagnosed in practice only by a physical examination. However, the statistics show that nearly 1/3 of the diagnoses made by only a physical examination are inaccurate – a risk which is being eliminated by the up-to-date ultrasound equipment. Thanks to such diagnostics, mobility problems that normally result in permanently decreased mobility, chronic pain and worsened quality of life in all patient groups can be resolved.
Hip joint screening in newborn infants: the ultrasound examination of the hip joint in newborn infants ought to be made as early as possible after birth, by the 30th day latest. The aim is to timely identify any present instability of the joint, which happens with 1-3 of every 1000 newborns, and to prevent it from developing into dysplasia or displacement of the hip joint. It is considered risk is higher for breech deliveries, premature births, and twins. This examination is recommended for all newborn infants, repeated in 6 months and at the age of one. With most cases, if early diagnosed, the correction is easily attainable. It has been proven in practice that the most secure diagnostics is in the combination of expert clinical examination and scrupulous ultrasound examination of the joints.