Why have an ultrasound scan?
Musculoskeletal ultrasound or MSK imaging is changing the way treatment and recovery for sports injuries and other muscular, tendon and ligament problems are treated.
MSK ultrasound has become an indispensable imaging technique for evaluating soft tissue and joint related abnormalities. With multi-planer capabilities the ability to use movement and compression to dynamically assess structures and compare affected and unaffected sides can easily be achieved.
Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive procedure that requires little to no special preparation. Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose: Tendon tears, or tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder, Achilles tendon in the ankle and other tendons throughout the body. Muscle tears, masses or fluid collections. Ligament sprains or tears. Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints. Early changes of rheumatoid arthritis. Nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Benign and malignant soft tissue tumours. Ganglion cysts. Hernias.
The investigation is particularly useful in the specialities of sports medicine, rheumatology and orthopaedics.
What we do…
We apply ultrasound gel to the area to be scanned, so loose clothing is advised. We may get you to move during the scan to assess the area and how it works with movement.
Ultrasound examinations are painless and non-invasive, occasionally pressure may need to be exerted on the area scanned but easily tolerated by most patients. During the scan we will discuss your clinical symptoms and ask you to demonstrate or describe the mechanisms of your injury, point to areas of tenderness and show us if there are any symptomatic changes with movement.
Our specialist sonographers can assess these structures and provide a written report with their findings.
After the scan…
We discuss the findings of the scan and complete a detailed report for you to take away. If you have been referred by a heath professional we will send them a copy of the report.
Other imaging such as an MRI or CT may be suggested for better assessment of the area.