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Diagnostic Ultrasound is a quick and accurate way of assessing common musculoskeletal conditions like tendon and ligament injuries. It has also been shown to be more accurate than x-ray at picking up stress fractures in the smaller bones of the lower limbs.
The Physiotherapist may use an ultrasound scanner to look inside the painful area to help accurately diagnose your condition. They may still suggest further imaging like an MRI if it is not conclusive during the scan.
We offer diagnostic ultrasound if your Physiotherapist needs further clarity on your condition. If you would like to have this in your assessment you should let us know when booking so we can book the appropriate appointment.
We also use Ultrasound for guided injections. You can read more about this here.
What can you assess with an Ultrasound scan?
We use a diagnostic ultrasound scan to look at painful tendons, ligaments and joints. If you have sprained your ankle or knee, have painful stiffness in a tendon like at the back of the heel or have a swollen painful joint, then an ultrasound scan can help formulate a more accurate diagnosis.
What we can’t use Ultrasound for is any spinal injuries and deeper joint problems due to the sound waves not being able to penetrate through bone.
We also don’t scan lumps and bumps. That is best done with your GP.
Do I need a GP referral?
Not at all. We can assess you and perform a scan all in the initial assessment. If we need to involve your GP in your care or refer you for further imaging, then we will let you know at the time of the appointment.