INDICATIONS: Assess the external soft tissue structures of the knee. It is used primarily to assess recent or chronic tendon or ligamentous damage, bursitis, joint effusion or mass.
LIMITATIONS: Provides little diagnostic information on internal structures such as the cruciate ligaments. Ultrasound is complementary with other modalities, including plain X-ray, CT, MRI and arthroscopy.
PREPARATION: No preparation required for this scan.
SCAN PROCEDURE: You can simply lift up your clothing to expose the surface of your knee for scanning, or you can change into a gown if needed. Ultrasound jelly will be placed on your skin to allow transmission of ultrasound waves from a hand held probe which is moved over your knee. Your examination will take approximately 20 minutes and will not cause any discomfort or pain.
POST PROCEDURE: There are no post procedure precautions.
RESULTS: The images obtained by the sonographer will be analysed and interpreted by the Radiologist.
Your procedure report will be sent electronically to your referring doctor. Please inform us of when you plan to follow up with your doctor so that your report can be prioritised. A hyperlink will be added to the report that will allow your doctor to access your images.
We provide long term electronic storage of your report and images, so you may obtain a copy either on the day of the scan or in the future.