This scan is available to men from 16 years of age. (See the equivalent scan for women here)
The purpose is to examine the hip joint and upper thigh for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, the adductor tendons, muscles, ligaments, iliopsoas and trochanteric bursae and the hip joint.
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of hip pain, possible injury or inflammation of the tendons for conditions such as bursitis, tendinosis, degenerative changes such as arthritis, hip effusions and labral tears.
For hips please wear loose clothing that will need to be lowered to expose the hip joint for the examination.
The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison.