This scan is available to women from 16 years of age. (See the equivalent scan for men here)
The purpose is to examine the elbow for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, the flexor and extensor tendons, muscles, ligaments, bursa and soft-tissue swellings.
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of elbow pain, possible injury or inflammation of the tendons for conditions such as tennis and golfers elbow, olecranon bursitis, tendinosis and degenerative changes such as arthritis.
Using the latest cloud technology, Ultrasound Direct can send your scan images and report to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE. This secure online service is available with every scan performed in an Ultrasound Direct clinic at no extra cost.
For elbows please wear a loose clothing that will expose the elbow joint for the examination.
The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have an elbow scan?
The most common causes of pain in the elbow are due to overuse injuries, often associated with repetitive movements. Overuse injuries of the elbow result in either medial or lateral tendon inflammation or damage, otherwise known as tennis or golfers elbow, or lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis.
However, it is not only repetitive sport movements that cause these injuries with many recurring day-to-day mechanical movements resulting in the same symptoms.
Ultrasound can also evaluate the bursae of the elbow, nerves, bony surfaces, ligaments, tendons and musculature. Please also see wrist and hand ultrasound scan if you have symptoms in those areas.
Are your sonographers qualified?
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.