Musculoskeletal scan

Ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Ultrasound scanning is used because it is an effective diagnostic tool, allowing the Sonographer to look at the internal organs in real time and showing the inflammation, tears and any signs of impingement. Musculoskeletal scans are used primarily to look at soft tissue and joint disease.   Some of the problems that can be diagnosed using ultrasound scans include:

  • Muscle abnormalities such as soft tissue masses or tears
  • Tendon tears, such as the rotator cuff (shoulder) or Achilles tendon (Ankle)
  • Soft tissue swellings and bumps
  • Foreign objects in the body
  • Ligament damage
  • Bursitis
  • Impingement

How should I prepare?

When preparing for the ultrasound scan you should wear loose fitting clothing around the area that is being examined.

What will happen during the examination?

During the ultrasound scan a warm, water-based gel will be applied to the examination area and the Radiologist or Sonographer will then press the ultrasound probe firmly against the body moving it around allowing them to capture clear images of the examination area. Once the Radiologist or Sonographer has gathered the information they require the gel can be wiped off with tissue.  The procedure is non-invasive (not entering the body) and is usually painless. There are no known harmful effects to the body from ultrasound scanning.