This scan is available to women from 16 years of age. (See the equivalent scan for men here)
The purpose is to examine the hip joint and upper thigh for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, the adductor tendons, muscles, ligaments, iliopsoas and trochanteric bursae and the hip joint.
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of hip pain, possible injury or inflammation of the tendons for conditions such as bursitis, tendinosis, degenerative changes such as arthritis, hip effusions and labral tears.
For hips please wear loose clothing that will need to be lowered to expose the hip joint for the examination.
The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison.
Hip Pain can affect both younger and older adults for various reasons.
In the younger adult, this may be due to a sporting muscle injury, laxity of the tendons or joint, nerve irritation, snapping hip, bursitis and ligament strains. Degenerative and arthritic changes are more common, but not exclusive, in older adults. While labral tears, hip effusions and bursitis are common to all age groups.
Ultrasound proves to be a good diagnostic tool in the assessment of the hip joint, surrounding connective and soft tissues.
As part of the hip scan, we will evaluate the upper thigh, but if your pain is localised to the knee, ankle or foot, then we have further scan options that can assess these areas too.
Please check our ”Knee, Ankle & Foot MSK Scans”