Consultant radiologist opinion
Available for self-pay or insured
No referral required
Bone and joint health
Shoulder and rotator cuff disorders
Inflammation and signs of inflammation
1. What is a Shoulder Ultrasound scan?
A Should Ultrasound scan is a pain free, fast and reliable assessment of the shoulder joints and tissue. It can be used to diagnose shoulder impingement, shoulder instability and other rotator cuff disorders.
2. Shoulder Ultrasound: Conditions, causes, symptoms and when to see a doctor
Any shoulder pain is a symptom of a condition. The pain you may be experiencing is not a condition in itself.
Shoulder pain can be caused by many conditions. Some can be serious. Common causes:
• Soft tissue and muscular injuries, such as bicep wear and tear
• Arthritis or other types of joint inflammation
• Ligament or tendon damage, including damage to your rotator cuff
• Poor posture
• Shoulder impingement or frozen shoulder
• Excessive mobility around your shoulder joint – this can cause pain if you move the shoulder in a certain way
The symptoms of the conditions listed above may include:
• Shoulder swelling or pain
• Restricted shoulder movement
• Shoulder aches
• Shoulder lumps/bumps
• A clicking or locking sensation
When to see a doctor
These symptoms could be signs of a shoulder problem that needs attention:
• Intense, immediate pain
• Badly swollen or misshapen shoulder
• Can’t feel your arm or shoulder
• Pins and needles in the arm or shoulder
• Can’t move your arm
• The shoulder is hot or cold to the touch
3. Shoulder 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. Shoulder Ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
No preparation is required for this scan.