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Diagnostic Ultrasound Scan

  • Physiotherapy
  • Gym
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Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:

  • tendon tears, or tendinitis of the Rotator cuff in the shoulder, Achilles tendon in the ankle and other tendons throughout the body.
  • muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.
  • ligament sprains or tears.
  • inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints.
  • early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • benign and malignant soft tissue tumours.
  • ganglion cysts.
  • foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass).

Why book for Diagnostic Ultrasound scan?

Diagnostic ultrasound has become more commonly in clinics in recent years to ensure the correct diagnosis is made at your initial assessment.

Clinicians use diagnostic ultrasound because of many reasons. These include:

  • Improved technology and image quality (for many conditions it is equal to MRI in diagnostic accuracy)
  • Patient safety (non-invasive, no radiation, painless procedure)
  • Results immediately available which can be considered alongside your physical assessment
  • Dynamic scanning (scanning whilst patient performs movement) and comparison with the asymptomatic side
  • Sequential assessment of healing, e.g., muscle tear
  • Ultrasound guided procedures e.g., steroid or hyaluronic acid.
  • Cost effective. Ultrasound is less expensive than most alternative forms of imaging such as MRI & CT scans.

Using Real Time Ultrasound to assess Core Stability


Real Time Ultrasound scanning lets you see how your muscles are contracting while you are doing an exercise. This is especially useful when looking at the various muscle layers within the abdominal wall and assessment of motor control deficits in the lumbo-pelvic core. We are able to scan and observe the quality, pattern of activation and ability to contract in isolation the deepest of the abdominal: the Transversus Abdominis, and assess the activity of Lumbar Multifidus, Pelvic floor and diaphragm.

These muscle groups flatten the lower abdomen, play a significant role in maintaining true Core and Spinal stability and Pelvic floor integrity.

As these muscle groups are often difficult to see and feel, the RTUS provides an invaluable tool to see how this important structure functions while breathing, coughing, moving, sitting & standing. It also offers visual “Bio-feedback” to enable patients to develop and awareness for the deeper muscles and helps them to learn how to isolate and activate them effectively. This can make Pilates and re-training exercises much more productive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further or more specific queries – our receptionists will be only to pleased to help!

  • What is Ultrasound imaging?

    Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.

  • Does ultrasound imaging involve radiation exposure?

    Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays), thus there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

  • What do ultrasound images show?

    Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.

Meet Our Team

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Imran Ul-Haq
Elizabeth Jones
Margaret Manthorpe
Jacqueline Montgomery
Melinda Cairns
Monika Mazur
Lydia Osborn
Louise Oates

Book your Diagnostic Ultrasound Scan today
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