This scan is available to women from 16 years of age. (See the equivalent scan for men here)
The purpose is to examine the knee joint for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, the tendons, associated muscles, lateral and medial collateral ligaments, bursae, the lateral and medial menisci and the posterior knee.
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of knee pain, possible injury or inflammation of the tendons and ligaments, for conditions such as bursitis, tendinosis, degenerative changes such as arthritis, knee effusions and meniscal cysts / degeneration, cysts in the posterior knee and ligament tears.
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 knees please wear loose clothing that will allow the knees to be exposed for the examination.
The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have a knee scan?
Knee problems are very common occurring in people of all ages.
This can interfere with daily activities from taking part in sporting activities to getting up from a chair and walking.
The knee is a complex joint made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles, all prone to injury and degenerative changes. As well as injury, certain types of arthritis can lead to cartilage and bone destruction, giving the symptoms of pain, swelling and a loss of flexibility within the affected joint.
Ultrasound is a well-established imaging method for assessing these structures and the many associated pathological processes.
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.