Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound assess tendons, ligaments and muscles. MSK ultrasound is also used to look at the space between your joints and look at why they may be inflamed or have limited movement.
How do I prepare?
- Wear a separate top to bottoms during your appointment. This makes changing for the examination easier.
- In some cases, we may x-ray you prior to an MSK ultrasound. Please tell us if you’re pregnant.
- At the time of booking your appointment we will provide preparation instructions which should be followed.
Technology and Team
Each of our practices use a variety of equipment including Philips, Toshiba and GE machines.
Your MSK ultrasound will be performed by a Sonographer who is a specially trained medical professional. The images the Sonographer captures are viewed by a Radiologist who makes a diagnosis, and issues a report for your referring Doctor.
What happens during my examination?
You will be asked to lie or sit down on a bed and the part of your body we’re imaging will need to be visible throughout the examination.
The Sonographer will move the probe over the area of interest after applying a warm gel and may ask you to move into sveral other positions during the scan. A small amount of pressure will be applied to the area. Your Sonographer will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.
MSK is a dynamic scan and movement of the affected area is performed during the examination.
Each Ultrasound can take up to 30 minutes.
The Sonographer and Radiologist will work together during an appointment to ensure all the necessary images are captured. This means that sometimes, the Radiologist will come into the room. You will be consulted before this happens.
After your examination
The results of your MSK ultrasound will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.
The cost of an Ultrasound will depend on the reason for your scan. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.