VisionScope Imaging for Diagnosing Joint Pain

Diagnosing Joint Pain

VisionScope Imaging (VSI) is a minimally invasive, in-office diagnostic exam. This technology provides direct visualization of the inside of joints, which helps orthopaedic physicians determine the 

rootcause of pain and discomfort. The exam uses a tiny needle with an attached camera to look at joints, and only a local anesthesia is necessary.

VSI is most commonly used to diagnose joint problems in the knees or shoulders such as:

  • Meniscus tears
  • Arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears

Before this technology was available, MRIs were the go-to diagnostic tool to determine a diagnosis for joint pain and discomfort. But in cases where an MRI isn’t an option (implants, claustrophobia, pacemakers, etc.) or would provide inconclusive results, VSI provides an accurate view of the issue and can fit into any patient’s lifestyle.




The percentage of the population suffering from arthritis, according to the American College of Rheumatology.

Diagnosing Joint Pain

Access Sports Medicine uses the latest technologies to diagnose and treat join pain and discomfort.

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Joshua A. Siegel, MD

Knee & Shoulder

Dr. Siegel is an award-winning surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. He is a US Olympic Committee team physician, a US ski team physician and covers USGA and PGA tour events. Locally, he is the team physician for several high schools, including Phillips Exeter Academy.

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How long does a VSI exam take?

A VSI exam takes less than 10 minutes to perform.

Where does the VSI exam take place?

Your doctor can perform the VSI exam in a traditional office exam room.

Will my insurance cover a VSI exam?

Every insurance plan is different. You should confirm coverage by contacting your insurance company.

Does a VSI exam hurt?

Typically, patients don’t experience any pain from the VSI exam. The joints are numbed with a local anesthetic and the procedure only involves a very tiny needle. However, there might be a feeling of slight pressure during the exam and a possibility of mild soreness in the day following.

Is there a recovery period after a VSI procedure?

No. You will be able to perform your daily activities unless your doctor tells you otherwise. The VSI exam only uses local anesthesia so you should be able to drive yourself home right after.

Will I need stitches or sutures on the wound?

Since the VSI exam only uses a very small needle, you’ll only need a standard bandage over the area. There’s no need for stitches.