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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Musculo-Skeletal Scanning

Musculoskeletal disorders together with 'Lumps & Bumps'

Muscoloskeletal  MSK Ultrasound is one of the broadest and most intricate sectors of Ultrasound scanning, requiring a high competency level with extensive experience and very high-resolution ultrasound equipment.

Clinical evidence supports using ultrasound as the first diagnostic test for numerous musculo-skeletal conditions; offering a number of important advantages compared to computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in terms of safety and effectiveness. Diagnostic ultrasound is non-invasive and offers real-time imaging, allowing for examinations of structures at rest and in motion. This ability to capture the movement of musculo-skeletal components differentiates it from other imaging modalities and can permit more accurate diagnoses.

MSK Shoulder Ultrasound


Typical uses of Ultrasound in the field include to help diagnose and differentiate: 

  • tendon tears, or tendinitis, eg; in injury to the rotator cuff or Achilles tendon.
  • muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.
  • ligament sprains or tears.
  • inflammation or effusions within the bursae & joints.
  • early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • nerve entrapment .
  • benign and malignant soft tissue tumours.
  • ganglion cysts.
  • hernias.
  • foreign bodies in the soft tissues, such as splinters or glass.

In skilled hands, ultrasound is an excellent imaging tool for the assessment of many tendon, muscle and joint conditions.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound scans can assess the joints for  problems such as Synovitis, arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, fluid in the joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, Trapped nerve . Ultrasound scans are often particularly advantageous over other imaging modalities such as MRI because the Ultrasound Practitioner/Radiologist sonographer can dynamically assess the joint whilst performing the scan. Ultrasound scans are cheaper than MRI,  completely safe, quicker to perform and have no contraindications.

At Beehive Healthcare Solutions our Essex Community Ultrasound clinics ensure our Consultant Sonographers/Radiologists are fully competent in any and every ultrasound examination type they perform, to ensure you receive and accurate and comprehensive examination reports that you can confidently use to choose on further patient management.

Our Scanning staff will have recent and substantial NHS experience in MSK scanning. In most cases they will be concurrently performing MSK scanning in an NHS acute Trust. 


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