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Portable Ultrasound Devices for Musculoskeletal Conditions: Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: March 9, 2016
Project Number: RB0970-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report


  1. What is the clinical effectiveness regarding the use of portable ultrasound devices for the assessment and management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions?
  2. What is the comparative accuracy of portable ultrasound versus MRI or fixed ultrasound devices to detect musculoskeletal conditions in patients?
  3. What is the cost-effectiveness of portable ultrasound for patients with musculoskeletal conditions?

Key Message

Six non-randomized studies were identified regarding the clinical effectiveness and accuracy of portable ultrasound devices for assessment and management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions; no economic evaluations were identified regarding the cost-effectiveness of these devices for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.