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Other MSK Ultrasound

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound assesses the tendons and ligaments that hold the muscles and bones in alignment. This ultrasound also evaluates the joint spaces for fluid or inflammation that may limit joint movement.

Besides the shoulder, other areas examined include:

  • Elbow joint and tendons
  • Wrist/Carpal tunnel, hand or fingers
  • Knee joint and tendons
  • Ankle jointAchilles tendon
  • Foot or toes
  • Plantar Fascia (sole of foot)
  • Muscles or tendons (lumps)
  • Hip bursa (fluid-filled sac or saclike cavity)
  • Ganglion (hard bump above a tendon or in the capsule that encloses a joint)

PATIENT INFORMATION AND PREPARATION

Special Instructions

  • Some MSK exams require an X-ray of the area of concern prior to the ultrasound. This allows the radiologist to correlate the soft tissue findings of the ultrasound with the bones of the joint being examined.
  • Please refrain from smoking prior to your exam
  • There is no need to fast prior to your MSK exam
  • Take all prescription medications as instructed
  • Your skin should be kept clean and free of body oils, moisturizers and powders
  • Your clothing should be lightweight, comfortable and suitable for easy access to the skin of the area in question
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR EXAM

  • This procedure requires access to the skin of the area being examined, so you may be asked to change into gown for the course of this exam
  • You will be asked to sit or lie down on a tilt-in-space examination table
  • A fragrance-free, hypoallergenic ultrasound gel will be applied to the skin of the area in question
  • A wand-like transducer or probe will be moved over the lubricated surface of your skin, in order to obtain visual imagery of your bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles
  • You will be asked to shift position during the course of this exam, so that the practitioner can obtain imagery of the relevant internal structures from different angles
  • The practitioner may apply a slight pressure with the transducer, in an effort to obtain clearer imagery
  • When the practitioner is satisfied with his/her captures and observations, he/she will help you to alight from the examination table before directing you to the change room (if necessary)
  • Once you are changed, the radiologist may sit with you in the scan room, to explain your results
  • You will now be free to leave

WHEN TO EXPECT THE RESULTS OF YOUR EXAM

Our radiologists will interpret your information and aim to forward the results to your doctor by the end of the next working day.

WHAT YOU’LL PAY FOR THIS PROCEDURE

This exam is covered under the Alberta Health Care Plan.

Obstetrical Ultrasound

Our caring team of registered sonographers performs a full spectrum of obstetrical ultrasounds throughout the course of your pregnancy.

These ultrasounds are performed at key intervals during gestation, in order to determine, examine and evaluate the presence of an embryo; the position and condition of a fetus; the condition and function of a placenta and the growth rate and well-being of your baby.

We are pleased to offer complimentary USBs with images of your baby after your obstetrical exam. Please speak with our clinic receptionists for more details.