Diagnostic Imaging for Shoulder Injuries.

Ultrasound is a fast, affordable and effective way to capture detailed images of shoulder injuries and rotator cuff disorders.

Radiation-free Soft Tissue Imaging.

As one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions, shoulder pain can be debilitating for patients—a shoulder ultrasound can quickly uncover the underlying cause of shoulder pain and help your doctor formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

Utilising sound wave technology rather than radiation, shoulder ultrasound can be highly effective in diagnosing cases of shoulder impingement, instability and rotator cuff disorders including muscular, tendon and ligament damage, bursitis and joint effusion (swelling).

Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasound can also assess the shoulder while in motion which can be helpful for your doctor to make a more accurate diagnosis.

Shoulder Ultrasound for Sporting Injuries.

Shoulder instability, subluxation and dislocation is common among athletes and can occur as a result of overuse or injury.

Ultrasound can identify the structures which have been damaged as a result of shoulder injury and whether surgical intervention is necessary.

While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT arthrogram have long been the primary imaging methods used to diagnose shoulder injury, ultrasound is equally as effective at detecting rotator cuff injury and is often used as a complementary or alternative diagnostic method. Ultrasound is also safe for patients fitted with a pacemaker.

Ultrasound-guided Pain-relieving Injections.

Ultrasound images are produced in real-time—this makes it an excellent tool to ensure pain-relieving injections are delivered to the exact source of the pain.

Shoulder pain caused by subacromial bursitis (inflammation of the lubricating fluid-filled sacs surrounding the shoulder joint) can be dramatically reduced with ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injection.

The use of ultrasound during the procedure ensures the injection is administered directly into the bursa to provide effective pain relief while minimising any damage to the surrounding tissue.

Further Information.

Referring doctors are  welcome to discuss with our radiologists the imaging needs of their patients and whether ultrasound is suitable for their patient’s medical condition.

Specialist Radiologists.

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MSK & MRI Fellowship Trained Radiologists

At Melbourne Radiology Clinic, all patient scans are reviewed by fellowship trained musculoskeletal and MRI specialist radiologists: