Medical ultrasound is a safe mode of diagnostic imaging that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of your body called a sonogram or ‘sound-drawing’. Ultrasound is most well known for its use during pregnancy to visualise the foetus but it can also be used for assessing and diagnosing acute and chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
Medical MSK ultrasound provides dynamic, real time visual examination of tendons, muscles, nerves, ligaments, cartilage, soft tissue masses and bone surfaces allowing for a quicker, more accurate diagnosis. Medical ultrasound is helpful in diagnosing common problems such as ligament sprains, degeneration tendon rupture, muscle strains, inflammation, joint disease and fractures and has no radiation, side-effects or contraindications.
The integration of medical MSK ultrasound into our practice enhances our ‘point-of-care’ clinical services, resulting in quicker diagnosis, treatment or referral which ultimately leads to quicker recovery.
Areas of Assessment
We are currently providing ultrasound assessment for:
- Wrist / Hand
- Ankle / Foot
What Happens During Your Appointment
Your appointment will last approximately 30 minutes and you will be required to sit or lay during the examination. In order for the sonographer to access the area to be examined you will need to wear loose or reduced clothing to your appointment. A gown can be provided if necessary.
The sonographer will use a water-based coupling gel between the area to be examined and the ultrasound probe as this allows the sound waves to penetrate without interference. This gel is hypoallergenic, odourless and will not stain clothing.
Once the assessment is complete the sonographer may verbally advise of the findings and a written report will be provided within 48 hours.
More information on medical ultrasound can be found here.
The sonographer who will carry out the ultrasound examination is Neil.
£120 (per region).
The fee includes ultrasound scan and a written report of findings that is accepted within the NHS or with private healthcare.
We accept private referrals from outside of the practice: please use the following referral form and email it to email@example.com.
For more information on medical ultrasound at Durham Family Chiropractic please contact us on 0191 375 7600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.