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.
For elbows please wear loose clothing that will expose the elbow joint for the examination.
The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison.