What is Diagnostic Ultrasound?
Diagnostic ultrasound is an excellent way to image the soft tissues of the body to diagnose injuries; using the same technology as for pregnancy scans. Diagnostic ultrasound is particularly useful for diagnosing the following areas of the body:
- Shoulders/Rotator Cuff
- Muscle Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
What Is The Advantage Of Diagnostic Ultrasound?
Ultrasound scans give real-time instant feedback so they can diagnose injuries very quickly. There are no concerns regarding radiation exposure. Ultrasound can be used dynamically so you can move joints whilst watching in real-time, particularly useful for sports injuries e.g. ligament tears. Ultrasound is also significantly cheaper and more comfortable than MRI scans and often replaces the need for an MRI.
What To Expect From Your Appointment?
Your scan will be performed by a dual qualified musculoskeletal sonographer and physiotherapist. The therapist will physically assess your injury and scan the area of problem to help give a relevant and accurate diagnosis. All scans will include a written report for your records.
Please note that ultrasound cannot be used to scan back pain, as the spine is too deep for the image to be formed. We do not perform hernia/groin scanning and are unable to offer scans for lumps and bumps.
If you are unsure on if a scan would be appropriate then please contact us and our sonographer will call you back to discuss.