Exam time: 20-30 minutes
Price: €160.00 (Medical Card: €140.00)
Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool for the imaging evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders and the first modality of choice for the assessment of soft tissue and joint disease. A medical ultrasound scan has several inherent advantages. The dynamic real time nature of Ultrasound often results in a more directed examination specific for the individual. A wide spectrum of pathologic conditions of the musculoskeletal system can be demonstrated:
- Muscles, tendons, ligaments
- Superficial joints
- Shoulder pain
- Soft tissue swellings and bumps
- Foreign bodies
- Enlarged Cervical Lymph Nodes
Warm gel is placed on the area of the body to be examined. The ultrasound probe is moved around to obtain specific images of the muscle, tendon or soft tissue to be examined such as tears of the rotator cuff or the Achilles tendon in the ankle. Bleeding and other fluid collections within muscles, bursae and joints can also be examined.
Note: Be prepared to spend at least 20-30 minutes at the clinic for this test. The patient may be lying on an examination table or sitting in a chair depending on what muscle or tendon is being examined.
Medical Card: €140.00
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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scan FAQs
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate if you can give 24 hours notice.
Do I need a referral letter from my GP to book an MSK / musculoskeletal scan?
Not always. Often you can attend without a GP referral; however, depending on the ultrasound scan requested, we may require a referral from your GP to ensure the correct ultrasound examination is performed.
What is the preparation for a musculoskeletal scan?
There is no preparation for this exam however wearing loose-fitting clothing or a garment that can be easily removed is preferred.
What organs are viewed in the musculoskeletal scan?
Depending on the area of concern there are different muscles, tendons or joints that can be evaluated
What can a musculoskeletal ultrasound see?
Ultrasound can see ligament, muscle or tendon tears, inflammation or fluid around the bursae or joints, ganglion cysts and soft tissue tumors.
What happens during the scan?
Dependant on the type of musculoskeletal ultrasound, the patient may be asked to sit on a swivel chair or an examination table. For other ultrasound exams, the patient is commonly asked to lie face-up or face-down on an examination table. The sonographer may request the patient move the extremity being scanned or may move it for you to assess the anatomy and function of the tendon, muscle, ligament or joint.
How long will the exam take?
The scheduled time for this exam is usually 30 minutes.
Who will report my exam?
After the sonographer has completed your exam the images will be sent to a consultant radiologist who will report your scan.
When will I receive my results?
You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination however it is up to the radiologist to make a final report. The formal report will be sent to your GP by post which may take up to 5 days. If you are self-referred it may also take up to 5 days for you to receive the formal report by email. If there are urgent findings the process will be expedited and faxed to your GP within 24 hours.