Musculoskeletal Scan - Wrist and Hand


    MSK Scan

    Human hands are complex and delicate structures that contain 27 bones. The muscles and joints in the hand allow for strong, precise and dexterous movements, but they are vulnerable to injury.

    There are many reasons why wrist and hand pain may occur; just some include carpal tunnel syndrome, synovitis, arthritis, tendinopathy, ligament damage, trigger finger, tendon contracture, soft tendon and soft tissue lumps and bumps. However hand pain can similarly stem from inflammation, nerve damage, repetitive motion injuries, sprains and fractures and several chronic health conditions.

    The MSK scan is performed to check the...

    Wrist and hand for a range of conditions. This includes an assessment of the following:

    • Wrist joint
    • Carpal tunnel
    • Ligaments and joint in the hand
    • Flexor and extensor tendons
    • Annular and cruciate pulleys


    There are many different causes and types of hand pain. Hand pain can originate in different parts of the complex skeletal structure, including the bones, joints, connective tissues, tendons and nerves.


    • Post-injury pain/inflammation in wrist and hand
    • Inflammation of tendons
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome (pain, numbness and tingling in the thumb index finger, middle finger and thumb side of the ring finger)
    • Trigger finger (tendon in finger becomes swollen and inflamed, thus making it difficult to move the finger. Can result in a clicking sensation)
    • Ganglions (a fluid filled lump on the wrist)
    • Arthritis
    • Soft-tissue swellings



    For wrist and hand ultrasound scans there are no specific clothing requirements however they wrist and hands must be easily accessible and exposed for the examination.