Private Shoulder ultrasound scan is consistently used in the assessment of the shoulder joint. It is a quick painless ultrasound scan examination and readily available. It is also a dynamic examination unlike MRI and therefore the muscles, tendon, the rotator cuff, and soft tissue can be evaluated in real-time and under movement.
What is the purpose of a shoulder ultrasound?
A diagnostic ultrasound scan provides an assessment of the major musculoskeletal structures in the shoulder. It assesses the rotator cuff. Benefits include assessment of:
- Biceps Tendon
- Teres Minor
- Deltoid Muscle
Abnormal fluid or inflammation around the shoulder
- Shoulder Pain
Rotator cuff problems
Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Joint effusion
- Vascular pathology
- Soft tissue masses such as ganglia, lipomas
- Classification of a mass e.g. solid, cystic, mixed
How to prepare for a private shoulder ultrasound scan
No preparation is necessary.
How long does a shoulder examination last?
The examination lasts 20-30 minutes.
How can you book an appointment?
Diagnostic ultrasound scans offer several benefits for evaluating sports injuries. Here are some of the advantages:
- Non-invasive: Ultrasound scans are non-invasive, meaning they do not require any surgical incisions or injections. It is a safe and painless imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create real-time images of the body’s soft tissues.
- Real-time imaging: Ultrasound provides real-time imaging, allowing for dynamic evaluation of the injured area. It enables the radiologist or sports medicine specialist to assess the structures in motion, such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles, which can be particularly helpful in diagnosing conditions like sprains or tears.
- Soft tissue visualization: Ultrasound excels in visualizing soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. This makes it an ideal modality for assessing sports-related injuries, which often involve these structures. It can help identify abnormalities like tears, inflammation, or scar tissue.
- Accurate localization: Ultrasound enables accurate localization of the injury site. By visualizing the injured area in real-time, the healthcare professional can precisely identify the specific region affected. This helps in guiding treatment decisions and targeted interventions.
- Immediate feedback: Since ultrasound scans provide real-time imaging, athletes and sports medicine professionals can receive immediate feedback during the examination. This allows for on-the-spot discussions regarding the injury, treatment options, and rehabilitation plans. It facilitates prompt decision-making and enhances patient engagement.
- Dynamic assessment: Ultrasound allows for a dynamic assessment of the injured area during movement. It enables the clinician to evaluate the tissue’s response to stress or load, providing valuable information about functional limitations and potential causes of pain or dysfunction.
- Safety: Diagnostic ultrasound scans are considered safe, with no known harmful effects on humans. Unlike other imaging modalities, such as X-rays or CT scans, ultrasound does not involve ionizing radiation. This makes it suitable for repetitive scanning, follow-up examinations, and monitoring of healing progress.
- Cost-effective: Ultrasound is generally more cost-effective than other imaging modalities like MRI or CT scans. It is widely available, portable, and relatively affordable. This accessibility makes it a practical choice for diagnosing sports injuries, especially for initial assessments or follow-up evaluations.