What is an Ultrasound Scan?
An ultrasound scan builds up a picture of part of the inside of the body using sound waves of a frequency above the audible range of the human ear. A small hand-held sensor, which is pressed carefully against the skin surface, both generates sound waves and detects any echoes reflected back off the surfaces and tissue boundaries of internal organs. The sensor can be moved over the skin to view the organ from different angles, the picture being displayed on a TV monitor screen and recorded for subsequent study.
Are there any risks or side effects?
No, there are no known risks and it is considered to be very safe. The whole scanning procedure takes 20-40 minutes and there being no side effects you can return to work as normal.
• Is it a tear or muscular strain?
• Is it an inflamed tendon or a microfracture of the underlying bone?
• Is the joint itself swollen or are the ligaments torn?
These and many more questions can be answered with an ultrasound scan. Most joints can be scanned and musculoskeletal ultrasound can also help with hernia diagnosis.
About David Allen
David began training in Diagnostic Ultrasound in 2009 following 22 years of chiropractic practice. He qualified with an MSc in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in 2012. When David needs to scan his own patients he has a new up to date scanner available at Highcliffe Chiropractic Clinic. He now splits his time between his chiropractic practice and teaching ultrasound at AECC.
The Centre of Ultrasound Studies at AECC is a well respected teaching establishment which also provides clinical services to local practitioners. CUS has staff with expertise in other areas of ultrasound diagnosis and can accept referrals for vascular, abdominal and pregnancy scans. For more information see: www.cusultrasound.co.uk