Advanced, real time imaging

Peak Sports And Spine Centre is proud to use Real Time Ultrasound (RTU) imaging, an emerging technology for Brisbane physiotherapists.

The system allows the physiotherapist to “look” into the muscles inside your body from the outside (non-invasively, of course) while they are working, giving a new dimension to our Brisbane physiotherapy program. Patients are shown a real-time video on screen how the deep muscles are functioning. RTU uses sound waves and does not use any ionising radiation like in X-rays.

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What is Real Time Ultrasound?

Peak Sports And Spine Centre is proud to use the emerging technology, Real Time Ultrasound (RTU). RTU is an imaging technique which allows visualisation of muscle contractions. Athletes are shown a real-time video on screen illustrating how their muscles are functioning.


How does it work?

This technology involves the use of inaudible sound waves to create an image by bouncing and reflecting to and from the body. Similarly used to observe a growing fetus during pregnancy. Instead, we use RTU as a diagnostic tool to examine how muscles are functioning and whether they are being activated appropriately.


-Low back pain

-Hip pain

-Pre-natal pelvic pain

-Post-natal core retraining

-Shoulder injuries

-Injury prevention

It has been shown that in one incidence of low back pain, 80% will have a reoccurrence within the first 12 months. After a back injury or incidence of pain, the deep core muscles become inhibited (like sleeping on the job).

Athletes at Peak have found that prevention in terms of core activation retraining and strengthening is the solution and are able to minimise the reoccurrence of low back pain.

RTU is used as a tool that allows our physiotherapists to have visual feedback on the activation of the deep core muscles of the trunk (an example is the Transverse Abdominis). These core muscles are critical in providing proper support to the pelvis and spine.

When we think of strengthening these ‘core’ muscles, as in a sit up or plank, often the key muscles are not firing properly and in turn are not performing their proper function of stabilising the spine.

At Peak, we also utilise the RTU for ongoing management and real time feedback to assist clinical diagnosis in shoulders and hips.

Allowing visual learning and activation can be the key to overcoming your injury, getting back to what you love doing the most and reaching your goals.

Doctor manipulating the leg of his patient


  • Visual feedback
  • Better diagnosis and assessment
  • View the stabilising muscles as the contraction occurs  provides an accurate assessment of the quality, timing and endurance of the stabilising muscle contraction
  • Real time ultrasound provides important feedback to the patient on how well they are performing

Who can benefit?

Individuals with spinal pain that has not subsided after therapy, yoga, Pilates and core muscle training may be experience core instability that can only be assessed by RTU imaging. Patients who are unsure on whether or not their deep core muscles are working correctly may find an RTU assessment of great benefit.