A musculoskeletal ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic technique used to examine the musculoskeletal structure of the body. It works by sending high-frequency soundwaves through the body via a probe which bounce off soft tissue lumps, muscles, tendons, and joints. These sound waves are then sent back through the probe and produce a dynamic image of the internal structures within the body for the sonographer to examine. 

A musculoskeletal ultrasound is performed for several reasons; however, it’s most used for the following: 

  • Shoulder examination 
  • Hip and groin scans 
  • Elbow and forearm scans 
  • Knee scans 
  • Hand and wrist scans 
  • Foot and ankle scans 

Although ultrasound is occasionally used as a form of treatment or therapy – a musculoskeletal ultrasound is most often used to diagnose the following: 

  • Tears to ligaments, muscle, and tendons 
  • Achilles tendon in the ankle 
  • Tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder 
  • Hernias and cysts 
  • Early stages of arthritis in the joints 
  • Muscle sprains caused by injury 
  • Benign and malignant soft tissue tumours 
  • Bleeding in muscles or joints 
  • Fluid build-up around the joints and muscles 
  • Foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass) 
  • Inflammation around the joints and bursae 

The main advantage of a musculoskeletal ultrasound is its ability to produce dynamic images of internal body structures without invasive or painful measures. In addition to this, a musculoskeletal ultrasound is a fairly quick procedure to carry out which benefits both the practitioner and the patient.  

We work with both NHS and private clinics throughout the UK providing a wide range of probe repair and maintenance services. Our services are cost-effective and carried out by manufacturer-trained engineers in our certified repair lab. 

Get in touch with our team to find out more about our repair services, maintenance contracts, and Clarius handheld ultrasound devices here.