We have provided some answers to frequently asked questions regarding diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound scans .
Can I self refer for a private ultrasound scan
Yes , you do not need a referral from a healthcare practitioner,
Your GP may refer you for an ultrasound scan if appropriate for your care.
Many people are advised by GP's , physiotherapists and surgeons that a ultrasound scan is necessary to diagnose your condition.
Why should I buy a private ultrasound scan
Popular reasons for booking a private ultrasound condsultation directly are to avoid a long wait time for an appointment, a musculoskeletal ultrasound scan requires specialist training and interpretation and you may have to wait up to 12 weeks on the NHS for this service which may result in prolonged pain and dysfunction .
We assign more time to each appointment than the typical hospital equivalent, so that along with a physical assessment we can give you an accurate diagnosis and management plan.
When and how do I get my results from my private ultrasound scan
In nearly all cases your assessment and scan results can be interpreted immediately and will be given to you at the end of your scan appointment. You will receive a report of your physical assessment and your ultrasound findings within 24 hours.
What happens when my scan shows something is wrong
A musculoskeletal ultrasound scan is used as an adjunct along with a physical assessment to diagnose peripheral joint and muscular injuries. If your scan result requires a medical follow-up, this will be clearly explained as to why, at the end of your session. You will be given a detailed report, and a copy of the report can be sent directly to your GP within 48 hours.
Will my results be confidential
All legalities and security procedures are in place and your results will not be viewed by any unauthorised person. Your permission is always obtained before we contact your GP if this is a necessary course of action.
Will I need surgery if my scan shows some damage
It is important to put all findings from diagnostic procedures in context of your physical assessment. Unlike An ultrasound scan in a hospital, we are able to provide a full assesment and management plan explaining all the options for treatment.