Elbow – One Limb


Private Ultrasound Clinic(PUC) offers an elbow ultrasound scan to the male and female patients over 18 years old. Elbow pain and discomfort following sports injuries such as tennis and golf are the most common reason for having an elbow ultrasound diagnostic examination.

In this scan specialist will assess the main musculoskeletal structures in your elbow. Ultrasound is a dynamic, fast, affordable, and very powerful diagnostic modality for evaluation and diagnosis of a wide range of elbow medical conditions, inflammations or injuries such as;

  • Elbow pain, discomfort, dislocation, instability, or joint effusion,
  • Tendon tear or Rupture, Ligament Injuries, Tendinitis, Tenosynovitis, Torn ligaments or Tendons, Cartilage abnormality
  • Arthritis, Ganglion cysts, Soft tissue masses

In this scan we will

  • Evaluate Joints and bursas, Tendons and Muscles, Ligaments, vessels and Nerve abnormalities
  • Take your relevant medical history
  • Provide up to 10 minutes consultation
  • Explain all findings during and after your ultrasound scan
  • Write an official scan report after or within 24 hrs, with appropriate images included in the report
  • Recommend a follow-up ultrasound scan if necessary
  • Offer GP or specialist referral and a Blood Test if needed
  • Also recommend Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) InjectionHyaluronic Acid Injection, or Cortisone (Steroid) injections if they are necessary.

And the most common findings are;

  • Abnormal fluid or inflammation around the elbow
  • Calcification or injury within the muscles, tendons or joints
  • Evidence of Arthritis
  • Joint space abnormalities or irregularities
  • Nerve injuries, entrapment, or dislocation
  • Tendon injuries; rupture, tear
  • Tendonitis (swelling of the tendon)
  • Torn ligament or tendon

In some cases, we will recommend a relevant blood test, steroid injection, Hyaluronic acid injection, or Plasma-rich platelet injection.

There is no preparation for the elbow ultrasound scan.

Our Ultrasound Specialists will explain the procedure before your scan. When you expose your elbow, you will be guided to sit on the examination chair. A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your elbow. Our specialist will move the probe on your skin to produce diagnostic ultrasound images. You will not feel any discomfort during your ultrasound scan. An elbow ultrasound scan is regularly completed within 15-20 minutes. Our Sonographer will recommend the best course of action, depending on the ultrasound scan findings.

You will receive your results verbally during and after the scan. However, the Sonographer will examine the relevant images after your appointment and prepare a written report after your scan or within 24 hours with any recommended actions. The report will be sent to you so that you can discuss the findings with your doctor, if required.

There are no risks or side effects associated with the Elbow ultrasound scan. Ultrasound does not use any radiation.