Muscles & Joints Scans
Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.
Musculoskeletal scans are typically used to help diagnose:
- Tendon tears, such as tears of the rotator cuff in the shoulder or Achilles tendon in the ankle.
- Abnormalities of the muscles, such as tears.
- Bleeding or other fluid collections within the muscles, bursae and joints.
- Benign and malignant soft tissue tumours.
- Early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Joint effusion (fluid) or synovial (lining of the joint) thickening.
- Dislocations of the hip in infants.
- Fluid in a painful hip joint in children.
- Lumps in the neck muscles of infants.
- Soft tissue masses (lumps/bumps) in children.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound scans are very sensitive to motion, and an active or crying child will slow the examination process. To ensure a smooth experience, it would be beneficial to explain the procedure to the child prior to the exam. You may bring a book to read to the child to ease anxiety
Adults and children should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing . You may be asked to remove all clothing and jewellery in the area to be examined.
For certain ultrasound examinations of the musculoskeletal system, the patient may be seated on an examination table or a swivel chair. For other ultrasound exams, the patient is positioned lying face-up or face-down on an examination table. The sonographer may ask you to move the extremity being examined or may move it for you to evaluate the anatomy and function of the joint, muscle, ligament or tendon.
The sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound for certain musculoskeletal conditions is poor. The sonographer may suggest and MRI if ultrasound is non-conclusive.
Results are immediate and a report will be given to you for your doctor or clinic.
See “TERMS & CONDITIONS” for more information.
R750.00 per joint/soft tissue
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