Muscles & Joints > Knee


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What is Included?

Salivary Glands

Salivary Glands

Salivary Glands

Salivary Glands

Salivary Glands

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Your Ultrasound Checks For:

Inflammation and signs of inflammation

Kidney stones



Swellings or growths


Signs of Cancer


1. What is a knee ultrasound scan?

A knee ultrasound scan is an assessment of the major structures in the knee joint – the tendons, ligaments and tissue and muscles.

2. Knee ultrasound: Causes, symptoms and when to see a doctor

Common causes of knee pain are:
– Inflammation of tissue
– Joint fractures
– Dislocation
– Meniscus cartilage tear (caused by a twisted the knee)
– Patellar tendinitis (irritation of a tendon)
– Iliotibial band syndrome (common in long distance runners and cyclists)
– Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) (tears caused by sports)

Less common causes of knee pain include:
– Infection around the knee joint
– Obesity, which places chronic extra stress on the joints
– A loose body (when a bone or cartilage fragment breaks away causing discomfort in the joint)
– Osteoarthritis
– Gout
– Rheumatoid arthritis

If you experience the symptoms below, consult your doctor. You may need an ultrasound scan.
– Swelling in the knee
– Weakness in the knee
– Knee joint pain
– Chronic knee pain
– Stiff knee
– Restricted knee movement

If you’re experience the symptoms below, consult your doctor urgently. They may be due to a fracture,
dislocation or infection.
– Significant knee swelling
– Extreme pain around the knee joint
– Redness in the knee
– Knee pain following an accident or injury
– Warm knee
– Knee popping or knee crunching
– Unable to straighten the knee

3. Knee ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?

The knee ultrasound scan is a pain free examination which takes 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 knee 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 knee 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 knee, 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. Knee ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment

No preparation is required for this scan. We recommend wearing loose clothing which is easy to remove for the
ultrasound scan.