Ultrasound may be appropriate to screen for temporomandibular joint dysfunction in pediatric patients and adults who are claustrophobic or otherwise cannot undergo magnetic resonance imaging, some experts say. MRI is the standard screening method in the U.S., but ultrasound is more widely used in Europe and China, and is less expensive than MRI while yielding faster results. Patients who have an abnormal ultrasound should then be evaluated with MRI, said researcher Dr. Lawrence Friedman.
Ultrasound may be useful for initial TMJ screening
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