Shoulder and Upper Arm Scan
For people over 16 years of age
This scan is to:
scan the shoulder joint
scan the upper arm
examine the rotator cuff for a range of conditions
assess bursa and soft tissue swellings
Your Shoulder and Upper Arm Scan
Common reasons for having this scan include:
to investigate shoulder pain
possible rotator cuff injury
possible rotator cuff tears
subacromial impingement (SAI)
degenerative changes such as arthritis
This scan is performed by one of our qualified sonographers with diagnostic scanning experience. It includes:
20-minute diagnostic appointment
examination of the shoulder and upper arm
diagnostic ultrasound report
same-day access to your images and report online
medical follow recommendation if necessary
You will receive a clear written report of your scan results, including our recommendation for your next steps. If we recommend a medical follow-up, we can email a copy of your report to your healthcare provider at no extra cost.
What you get with Ultrasound Direct
Preparing for your scan
we’ll need access to your upper arm and shoulder, so please wear a suitable top which may need to be removed for the examination
if our sonographer considers it necessary, the opposite side may be scanned for comparison
We cannot scan you for a specific condition if you are already under a care plan and receiving treatment for it. If you are aware of a medical condition and wish to monitor it, and are not receiving treatment, you are welcome to book a scan with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, ultrasound is a well-established diagnostic tool in the assessment of tendon tears as well as several other shoulder conditions.
Shoulder problems can result in referred pain to the lower arm, and is not always localised to the upper shoulder.
If your pain is localised to the elbow, wrist or hand, our Elbow and Forearm or Hand and Wrist scan might be a better option for you.
Yes, ultrasound is an excellent method to assess tendons, ligaments, muscles and the associated soft connective tissues in the shoulder (also called the rotator cuff). Ultrasound has the added benefit of being a dynamic examination, so the workings of the shoulder can be assessed during real-time movement.
On rare occasions we are unable to complete the primary purpose of a scan. For pregnancy scans, this may be due to your baby being in a difficult position, or something else such as overlying bowel gas which can obscure the ultrasound image. If this happens, we’ll book you a free of charge rescan so we can try again! The primary purpose is outlined on each scan webpage.
Absolutely! Every scan at Ultrasound Direct is performed by a fully qualified sonographer whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers are fully trained and appropriately qualified to perform ultrasound scans. Many of our team also work in the NHS locally.
We are also registered with the Care Quality Commission, an independent regulator, to make sure you always receive the highest possible standards of care.
All our sonographers who take blood for blood tests are phlebotomy trained.
No, you can book your ultrasound directly without any sort of referral. If you have any concerns about your health, it can be useful to have scan results ready to discuss with your GP to reduce any waiting times. An ultrasound scan appointment with us can typically be booked quickly and allows enough time to ask questions too.
We will give you same day results in a clear written report with supporting images. Your scan report will advise you if any further steps are necessary. And if we recommend a medical follow-up with your healthcare provider, we can securely email them a copy of your report at no extra cost.
Your GP can refer you to Ultrasound Direct for a scan via our booking system
An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of inside of the body. The sound waves reflect off different areas in the body and are converted into a moving picture to show what’s happening in real-time. We can record this as a video clip (available for free with our 4D Bonding and Premium 4D scans) and take still images from it.
An ultrasound scan can be external, which is when a probe is placed on the skin of the body part. Scans can also be internal, when a probe is inserted into the body. Both types of scan produce the same type of image and mini clip.