This scan is available to women from 16 years of age. (See the equivalent scan for men here)
The purpose is to examine the wrist & hand for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the wrist joint and the carpal tunnel, the flexor and extensor tendons, ligaments, small joints of the hand, associated annular and cruciate pulleys and soft-tissue swellings.
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of wrist and hand pain, possible injury or inflammation of the tendons for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, ganglions, 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 wrist & hand there are no special clothing requirement but the wrist & hands must be exposed for the examination.
The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have a wrist and hand scan?
The estimated prevalence of wrist and hand pain varies depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, but varies between 3% and 26% of the general UK population.
There are many reasons why wrist and hand pain may occur, just some of the causes include; carpal tunnel syndrome, synovitis, arthritis, tendinopathy, ligament damage, trigger finger, tendon contracture, soft tissue or tendon lesions and soft tissue lumps and bumps such as ganglions and fluid within the tendon sheaths.
Ultrasound is able to assess these conditions with a high degree of accuracy.
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.