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Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds

Diagnostic Ultrasound  ›  Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds

Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds

Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system are typically used to help diagnose:

  • tendon tears or tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder,

  • achilles tendon in the ankle and many other tendons throughout the body.

  • muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.

  • ligament sprains or tears.

  • inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints.

  • early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • benign and malignant soft tissue tumours.

  • ganglion cysts.

  • hernia detection.

  • foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass).

  • A number of paediatric applications – see paediatric ultrasound page

  • dislocations of the hip in infants.

  • fluid in a painful hip joint in children.

  • neck muscle abnormalities in infants with torticollis (neck twisting).

  • soft tissue masses (lumps/bumps) in children.


No particular preparation is required for this investigation.

Antenatal Monitoring

From confirmation and dating of pregnancy to monitoring development and health of the foetus.

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