Ultrasound Scanning

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Ultrasound Scanning of Musculo-Skeletal conditions.

An ultrasound scan is a painless test that uses sound waves to create images of organs and structures inside your body. It is a very commonly used test and uses sound waves and not radiation, to create an image.

What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a high-frequency sound that you cannot hear, but it can be emitted and detected by special machines.

How does ultrasound work?
Ultrasound travels freely through fluid and soft tissues. However, ultrasound is reflected back (it bounces back as 'echoes') when it hits a more solid (dense) surface. Therefore, as ultrasound 'hits' different structures of different density in the body, it sends back echoes of varying strength which in turn create an image.

What does an ultrasound scan involve?
You lie on a couch and an operator places a probe on your skin over the part of your body to be examined. The probe is a bit like a very thick blunt pen. Lubricating jelly is put on your skin so that the probe makes good contact with your body. The probe is connected by a wire to the ultrasound machine, which is linked to a monitor. Pulses of ultrasound are sent from the probe through the skin into your body. The ultrasound waves then echo ('bounce back') from the various structures in the body. The echoes are detected by the probe and are sent down the wire to the ultrasound machine. They are displayed as a picture on the monitor. The picture is constantly updated so the scan can show movement as well as structure. The operator moves the probe around over the surface of the skin to get views from different angles.

What is an ultrasound test used for?
Most people are familiar with it’s use for scanning babies in the womb and certain organs but it can also be a useful tool in the diagnosis and management of certain musculo-skeletal conditions. At Healthflex we will only scan musculo-skeletal conditions in order to establish a diagnosis. Should you require other structures to be scanned, then you are advised to contact your GP.
Andy Hollingsworth, one of our experienced physiotherapists has been trained in the use of the scanner. He will assess your musculo-skeletal condition and then use the scanner to further determine what structures have been damaged and to what extent. He will then advise you as to the best course of action in order to treat your particular problem.
If you require further information, please contact Andy of one of our reception team on 01428 642577