Muscle & Joint > Hip


All fees inclusive – Payment taken at time of booking.

45 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9JF

What is Included?

Consultant radiologist opinion

Same-day results

Available for self-pay or insured

No referral required

Your Ultrasound Checks For:

Bone and joint health

Inflammation and signs of inflammation



Swellings or growths


1. What is a Hip Ultrasound scan?

An hip ultrasound scan is an examination of the hip. It assesses the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone and soft tissues of the hip.

2. Hip Ultrasound: Causes, symptoms and when to see a doctor

Commons causes of hip pain:
– Wear and tear of muscles
– Overexercise
– Poor posture
– Obesity
– Osteoarthritis (tissue inflammation and cartilage damage)

Less common causes of hip pain:
– Infection
– Decreased blood flow
– Fractures or cartilage tears
– Hip socket problems
– Abnormally shaped hip bones

Symptoms for which you should consult a doctor:
Hip pain is common, often it is benign and something you can manage at home. Painkillers and rest may help if your pain is due to an overstretched muscle or mild inflammation, but it could be something more serious sometimes such as a fracture, infection or nerve impingement. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consult your doctor:
– Severe hip pain
– Hip pain (outer or inner) along with groin, upper thigh or buttock pain
– Hip swelling
– Hip lump or bump
– Restrained hip movement
– Trouble walking

3. Hip Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?

The hip ultrasound scan is a pain free examination which will take 30-45 minutes to complete. Here is what happens at your appointment:

1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.

2. You’ll be asked to sit or lie on your side or back on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to the hip area. The gel works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the body more efficiently.

3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device* will be placed on the area of the hip and moved around it whilst applying gentle pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any discomfort.
* The ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals.

4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, you’ll be given tissue to wipe the gel off, you can then get dressed.

5. The doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.  As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go home immediately after your appointment.

4. Hip Ultrasound: Preparation for your appointment

No preparation is required for this scan, however, we recommend wearing loose clothing.