Canada recommends ultrasound for therapy:
This article was originally published in Clinica
A leading Canadian health and research centre is recommending the use of ultrasound to guide procedures to manage chronic pain. Doctors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Ontario list radiation-free and more reliable, detailed images of internal structures and organs among the advantages that ultrasound has over X-ray. The technology also provides benefits to the health system, according to the Canadian Healthcare Technology newsletter. Ultrasound is less expensive than MRI/CT scanning or X-ray because a radiation-proof room and extra staff are not required. In addition, the procedure can be done on the day, resulting in a reduction in wait times for pain management procedures from nine to three months since the introduction of the technology at Sunnybrook. In Canada, 20-30% of the population reportedly suffers from chronic pain.