Michael Cartwright, M.D.,
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Cartwright is an NIH funded researcher who is exploring the use of neuromuscular ultrasound to diagnose and treat patients with focal neuropathies, including carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy. Wake Forest Baptist is one of a handful of institutions in the country offering the diagnostic service. Cartwright believes that use of neuromuscular ultrasound, in addition to the electrodiagnostic studies, will ultimately result in patients having better functional outcomes compared with those evaluated with traditional electrodiagnostic studies alone. Cartwright is working with Francis Walker, M.D., an international expert in neuromuscular ultrasound and a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist. Focal neuropathies affect more than 300,000 individuals each year in the United States and medical costs exceed $500 million annually.
Keywordsneuromuscular ultrasound, focal neuropathies, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy