Muscle & Joint > Hand and Wrist


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 health

Inflammation and signs of inflammation



Swellings or growths


1. What is a Hand and Wrist Ultrasound scan?

A hand and wrist ultrasound scan is an examination for hand and wrist problems.

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

Commons causes of pain around the hand or wrist:
– Sprains and strains
– Wear and tear of the tendon
– Degenerative changes such as arthritis
– Tenosynovitis (inflammation of the tendon sheath)
– Skier or Gamekeeper thumb (injuries of the thumb)
– Trigger finger
– Synovitis (inflammation of the joints)
– Carpal tunnel syndrome (nerve damage)
– Lumps (tumour, ganglion cyst, lipoma)

Less common causes of pain around the hand or wrist:
– Circulation problems
– Dislocation or fractures
– Infections
– Diabetic nerve pain

Symptoms that indicate infection or nerve impingement, for which you should consult a doctor
– Swelling in the fingers
– Sudden, sharp pain in the hands
– Numbness in the hands
– Tingling sensation in the hands
– Swelling around the wrist
– Redness around the wrist
– A warm feeling around a joint near the wrist
– Difficulty with gripping objects or making a fist
– A lump or bump in the elbow
– Pain, numbness, or tingling which gets worse at night

3. Hand and Wrist Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?

A hand and wrist ultrasound scan is a pain free examination which will take 30 minutes to complete. Here is what happens at your appointment:

1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.

2. You’ll be asked to rest your hand on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to the skin around your hand and wrist. 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 hand and wrist 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 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, the gel will be wiped off your skin, 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. Hand and Wrist Ultrasound: Preparation for your appointment

No preparation is required for this scan.