Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at Homewood
What Are Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scans?
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK) scans are designed to provide detailed images of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints throughout your body. Through real-time imaging, our MSK scans allow for a comprehensive examination of the affected area, making it highly effective in diagnosing various conditions and identifying the underlying causes of pain such as muscle and tendon tears. These scans can also be used to image lumps and bumps, (not breast or deep tissues), hernias in groins and abdominal walls.
MSK scan examinations are an essential part of modern health care. The use of an ultrasound MSK scan to diagnose soft tissue injuries is a valuable addition to traditional physical assessment and treatment. Ultrasound MSK imaging is becoming more widely used in the diagnosis, investigation, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, and soft tissues are all visible in ultrasound images of the MSK system.
Ultrasound imaging is a painless medical test that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. It is a painless and safe procedure and does not involve the use of radiation (as used in x-rays). Diagnostic Ultrasound is not suitable for spinal imaging.
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What Musculoskeletal Areas & Conditions Do You Scan?
An Ultrasound Scan of the shoulder can be used to diagnose several conditions and injuries such as acromioclavicular joint synovitis/arthritis, rotator cuff tear and tendinopathy, subacromial subdeltoid bursitis, subacromial deltoid impingement, calcific tendonitis, acromioclavicular joint swelling.
An elbow scan can be used to diagnose a range of issues such as Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, biceps tendon tear or tendinopathy, synovitis, joint swelling, bicipitoradial bursitis, olecranon bursitis, triceps enthesopathy/enthesitis, calcification in tendon, trapped nerve such as cubital tunnel syndrome.
Hand and Wrist
Many conditions and diagnoses can be made with an ultrasound scan of the hand and wrist, including but not limited to Trapped nerve such as carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist sprain, joint swelling, DeQuarvian tenosynovitis, osteoarthritis in the CMC (carpometacarpal) joint and STT (scaphotrapeziotrapezoid) joint complex, TFCC (triangular fibrocartilage complex) pain, trigger finger, ligament and tendon injury, trigger finger, small joint osteoarthritis (knuckle) and pain.
Our MSK Ultrasound scans of the hip can identify a number of issues such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, greater trochanter pain syndrome, ischial bursitis, snapping hip, joint swelling, tendon tear and tendinopathy.
A range of different conditions and injuries can be diagnosed with an ultrasound scan of the knee including but not limited to hamstring injury, quadriceps tendon tear, patellar tendon tendinopathy, fat impingement, enthesopathy/enthesitis, osteoarthritis-related changes, Baker’s cyst, and joint swelling, IT band syndrome and bursitis, ligament tear or sprain, pes anserinus bursitis and tendonitis, runner’s knee:
Foot and Ankle
An Ultrasound scan of the foot and ankle can be used to diagnose a number of conditions such as Achilles tendinopathy tendonitis enthesopathy and enthesitis, paratenonitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, superficial calcaneal bursitis, calf pain and tear, runners injury, arthritis, tendon or ligament injury such as anterior talo-fibular ligament sprain or tear, Morton’s neuroma, inter-metatarsal bursitis, plantar fasciitis fasciopathy and bursitis, possible cause of metatarsalgia (foot pain), trapped nerve such as tarsal tuunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, stress fracture, osteoarthritis, arthritis, and plantar plate injury.
Early changes of rheumatoid and inflammatory arthritis such as erosions or synovitis as well as flares up can be identified and diagnosed by an Ultrasound scan. Full diagnosis of these conditions require GP or Consultant Rheumatoloty diagnosis. Ultrasound scans are just one part of making a final diagnosis.
Diagnostic Ultrasound can also be used at Homewood for a variety of other areas of investigation. MSK Ultrasound is commonly used in the assessment of soft tissues lumps to assess for size and nature which can offer rapid information for management.
Diagnostic Ultrasound is also used for a variety of other areas such as:-
- Hernias ( groin and abdominal, not hiatus hernias).
- Foreign body location such as splinters, contraceptive implants, shrapnel etc
- Muscle tears and strains
- Head and neck- thyroid/goitre, salivary stones, lymph nodes.
Diagnostic Ultrasound is not suitable for imaging spines. We do not offer pregnancy, vascular, cardiac or abdominal scans.
Not Sure If An MSK Ultrasound Scan Can Help You?
You may be unsure of whether an MSK Ultrasound scan at Homewood can help identify and diagnose the problem you are living with. It’s for this reason that we offer a Free Teletriage Consultation.
What is a Teletriage Consultation?
As the name suggests, your Teletriage will be undertaken over the phone by an experienced team member. They will ask you questions about your condition to determine whether a MSK Ultrasound scan at Homewood is right for you.
If an MSK Ultrasound scan at Homewood is not right for you, they will tell you.
How to book your Free Teletriage Consultation?
Simply call our clinic and ask for a Free Teletriage Consultation.
FAQs About MSK Ultrasound Scans At Homewood
Do I need a GP/NHS or other professional referral to book a scan?
No, you do not require a referral to book your scan.No. However, you will have a phone call prior to your examination to ensure that the scan is suitable for you. You will be asked about your medical history, any history of trauma and about anything that may be relevant to your problem.
How do I know a MSK Ultrasound is right for me?
The first step to find out if a MSK Ultrasound is right for you is to book an appointment. After you have booked your appointment you will be given a free Teletriage call with an appropriate Team member to confirm the scan is suitable for you. We can then confirm your scan date and time.
How much is a MSK Ultrasound scan?
The scan is £100 per area.
What happens during the MSK scan?
You will be greeted and taken to a private room. Your identity will be confirmed and you will be asked to sign a consent to examination form. Then the Sonographer will ask you to move or remove appropriate clothing to enable the scan to be done. A small amount of cool gel will be applied to the area and a small handheld device will be applied over the area. This sends a painless and harmless ultrasound wave into the area which is then collected and sent immediately to a screen where the images are displayed. Your Sonographer will then write a diagnostic report and you will get a copy of this and your images within 24 hours by email. Should we find anything worrying we will tell you immediately and inform your GP, with your consent.
Who will do the ultrasound scan?
A highly trained and experienced Sonographer with MSK qualifications.
Can I eat and drink before my scan?
Yes, you can eat and drink before your scan.
What do I need to wear for my scan?
Loose clothing please that can be moved or removed. There is no requirement for intimate exams and no underclothing will be required to be removed.
What information do I need to bring to my appointment?
You need to tell us your name, date of birth and address.
Your MSK Ultrasound Scan Appointment
Booking your MSK Ultrasound Scan could not be simpler. You can book your appointment online or call our clinic using the buttons below.
A member of our team will contact you to arrange a Free Teletriage Consultation. As the name suggests, your Teletriage will be undertaken over the phone by an experienced team member. They will ask you questions about your condition to determine whether a MSK Ultrasound scan at Homewood is right for you. If an MSK Ultrasound scan is not right for you, they will tell you.
Following your Teletraige Consultation, you will receive confirmation of your Ultrasound Scan appointment.
At your appointment, you will be greeted by our friendly reception staff and taken to a private room to meet your Sonographer. Your identity will be confirmed and you will be asked to sign a consent to examination form. Then the Sonographer will ask you to move or remove appropriate clothing to enable the scan to be done. A small amount of cool gel will be applied to the area and a small handheld device will be applied over the area. This sends a painless and harmless ultrasound wave into the area which is then collected and sent immediately to a screen where the images are displayed.
Your Sonographer will then write a diagnostic report and you will get a copy of this and your images within 24 hours by email. Should we find anything worrying we will tell you immediately and inform your GP, with your consent.