Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

The use of ultrasound to diagnose many conditions related to joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles has increased considerably in recent years with improvement in technology, image quality and radiological skills.

It is commonly used for:

  • The diagnosis of rotator cuff disease and other painful conditions in the shoulder.
  • The assessment of the patellar tendon of the knee.
  • Study of the tendons of the ankle.
  • Examination of the plantar fascia of the foot.
  • Measurement of thickness of the synovial linings of the joints of the fingers in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Assessing haematomas, tears and abscesses in muscle and other soft tissues.

Preparation for a musculoskeletal ultrasound
You might be asked to undress to expose the area that needs to be examined. You will be given a gown to wear if necessary. No special preparation is needed. Booking an appointment is required as some of the ultrasound examinations require special radiological skills.




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