What is Diagnostic Ultrasound?

An ultrasound probe emits high-frequency sound waves (echoes), which are reflected back to the probe by the body’s tissues to form a live real-time image. Ultrasound is safe for children and adults and has no radiation. The quality of diagnostic ultrasound images is now considered to be superior to MRI scans for examination for certain tendons, ligament and muscle injuries.
PLEASE NOTE: Diagnostic ultrasound is performed by Neil Liffen only.

Diagnostic ultrasound has several advantages:

  • Accuracy. Accurate diagnosis and/or to rule out other diagnoses.
  • Real time. Direct real time visualization of the tissues in movement.
  • Strong evidence base. Early use of ultrasound enhances patient management.
  • Directs treatment. Ensures the client gets the correct treatment from the outset.
  • Monitor. For certain conditions ultrasound can be used to monitor effectiveness of treatment.
  • Cost/time. Potentially saves the patient money and time by ensuring correct diagnosis from the outset.
  • Safe. No radiation.
  • Reassurance. Offers early reassureance regarding injury.
  • Comparison. Compare your injury to the non-painful side.

PLEASE NOTE: Diagnosis at ECP is never made on a basis of imaging alone and any diagnostic ultrasound findings need to be clinically relevant to your symptoms/injury and combined with your history and physical examination. All findings will be discussed in clinic.

Longitudinal view of Posterior Tibialis tendon with associated inflammation demonstrated with Power Doppler ultrasound setting.

Longitudinal view of tenosynovitis of Posterior Tibialis tendon of client with medial ankle pain.

Diagnostic ultrasound case studies

Ultrasound guided injection case studies

Consultation costs