Knee Ultrasound Scan

About Knee Ultrasound Scan

Knee problems and knee pain are common as the knee is a frequent point of contact during traumatic accidents and is prone to wear and tear due to its weight-bearing nature. It is also a common site for arthritis pain. The knee joint is made up of four main things: bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Three bones meet to form your knee joint: your thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella).

Ultrasonography is a noninvasive imaging modality used for the assessment of the knee joint. It can provide clinically useful information on a wide range of pathologic conditions affecting components of the knee joint, including the tendons, ligaments, muscles, synovial space, articular cartilage, and surrounding soft tissues. Color and power Doppler techniques can be used to measure neovascularization within the synovial lining of the joint, tendons, and soft-tissue masses.

What is the purpose of this Knee ultrasound scan?

The purpose of this knee ultrasound scan is to provide an assessment of the major musculoskeletal structures in the knee joint. They include:

  • Quadriceps tendon
  • Patellar tendon
  • Bursa
  • Bicepsfemoris
  • Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Medial collateral ligament
  • Lateral collateral ligament
  • Posterior cruciate ligament

Reasons for having a knee ultrasound scan include:

    • Pain
    • Reduced Movement
  • Tumours & Cancers
    • Discomfort
    • Inflammation
  • Patellar tendinosis
  • Patellar tendon tear
  • Quadriceps tendon tear
  • Prepatellar bursitis
  • Infrapatellar bursitis
    • Popliteal cyst (Baker cyst)
  • Fractured kneecap
  • Torn meniscus
  • Torn ligament
  • Torn hamstring muscle
  • Gout (a form of arthritis)

What is included with this knee ultrasound scan?

  • Ultrasound report and if needed, a follow up recommendation.


No preparation is necessary for this knee scan.

What should I expect during the knee ultrasound scan?

Before the scan our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to expose your knee and lie on the bed. A small amount of warm jelly will be placed on your knee and the ultrasound probe will be moved in different directions. You may also be asked to move your knee during the scanning so that the sonographer can look at the affected area while it is in motion.
During and after the knee ultrasound examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.

Price: £129.00 (Both Knees examination: £199.00)


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