Musculoskeletal Scan - Elbow and Forearm


    MSK Scan

    Elbow pain is often caused by overuse. Elbow pain may occasionally be due to arthritis, but in general, your elbow joint is much less prone to wear and tear damage than many other joints. Common causes of elbow pain include a broken arm, bursitis, dislocated elbow, sprains and strains and stress fractures.  Sports injury, repetitive strain injury and an ageing population with arthritis are just some of the identified reasons for an ultrasound on the elbow and fore arm.

    This specific scan is available to both women and men for 16 years of age.

    The MSK scan is performed to check the...

    Elbow for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of:

    • The joint,
    • The flexor and extensor tendons,
    • Muscles,
    • Ligaments,
    • Bursa
    • Soft-tissue swellings

    Common examples for having this specific ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of elbow, possible injury or inflammation of the tendons and for degenerative changes such as arthritis.


    • Persistent pain or inflammation
    • Tennis or Golfers elbow
    • Arthritis
    • Bursitis (inflammation and/or irritation of the fluid filled sac between the tissue)
    • Soft-tissue swellings

    There are other causes of elbow pain but usually elbow pain is nothing serious. Your elbow is a complex joint; it allows you to extend and flex, as well as rotate your hand and forearm. Since most movements are a combination of these actions, you may sometimes find it difficult to describe exactly which movement brings on the pain.


    Loose clothing is recommended to expose the elbow joint, such as at-shirt or short sleeved shirt.