Consultant radiologist opinion
Available for self-pay or insured
No referral required
Inflammation and signs of inflammation
Swellings or growths
Tumours in soft tissue
1. What is a calf ultrasound?
2. Calf ultrasound: Conditions and causes, symptoms and when to consult a doctor
Conditions and causes:
– Muscle tear (tennis leg) which causes swelling, pain and loss of function
– Muscle hernia which causes swelling and pain
– Tumour in soft tissue
– Swelling or pain
– Restricted range of movement
– Lumps or bumps around the calf
If you experience the symptoms above, please consult your doctor.
3. Calf ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
A calf ultrasound scan is a pain free examination which take a maximum of 30 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and remove clothing from your affected calf, as well as, jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be asked to lie or sit on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to the 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 your affected calf and then manoeuvred 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 gel may feel a little cold but the procedure does not cause any pain.
* 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, the gel will be wiped off your calf, 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. Calf ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
No preparation is required for this scan. We recommend wearing loose clothing which is easy to remove for the