Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound is a very effective and popular examination technique to assess injuries to joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body.

Virtually any joint can be imaged to varying degrees of success. The most appealing aspects of using ultrasound to assess joints is the high image resolution and the ability to observe movements in the joints whilst the scan is being performed (dynamic assessment).


MSK imaging times can vary between 5 mins to 20 minutes, depending on the technicality of the area being examined.


No specific preparation is required for these types of examinations; however, wearing appropriate clothes which will assist in accessing the area being examined would be helpful.

What to Expect

The sonographer will take a brief history of the injury and discuss any further relevant issues pertaining to the examination. The sonographer will position you to allow optimal scanning the injured site. Some ultrasound gel is then placed over the area to be examined and the sonographer will use a transducer to scan the area. You may be asked to perform some dynamic movements of the joint being assessed.

The reporting Radiologist will be present for some of the examination to review your study.

At all times please inform the sonographer about your comfort and pain levels, as knowing this will make the sonographer aware of the limits of you capabilities and may also help with your diagnosis.

For further information about your Ultrasound please refer back to our Ultrasound page here