Musculoskeletal Scan - Shoulder and Upper Arm


    MSK Scan

    Sports injury, repetitive strain injury and an ageing population with arthritis are just some of the identified reasons for an ultrasound on the shoulder and upper arm.  Ultrasound can be a very effective “first look” at persistent or server aches and pains in various joints, especially the shoulder. This specific scan is available to both men and women from the age of 16 with a purpose to examine the shoulder and rotator cuff for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, rotator cuff tendons, muscles, ligaments, bursae and soft-tissue swellings.

    The MSK scan is performed to check for .....

    • Any possible injury or tears in the joint
    • Irritation and/or inflammation of tendons
    • Bursitis (inflammation and/or irritation of the fluid filled sac between the tissue)
    • Calcific tendinosis (a condition which causes the formation of a calcium deposit within the rotator cuff tendons)


    • Pain or discomfort in the shoulder
    • Limited movement of the joint
    • Post-injury symptoms
    • Stiffness in the joint
    • Arthritis
    • Soft-tissue swellings


    What most people call the ‘shoulder’ is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion to the arm. You may only feel pain when the shoulder is moved, or all of the time. The pain may be temporary and disappear in a short time, or it may continue and require medical diagnosis and treatment.

    Most shoulder problems involve the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments and tendons, rather than bones. Most of these problems fall into three major categories:

    • Tendinitis/ bursitis
    • Injury/ instability
    • Arthritis

    Other much more rare causes of shoulder pain are tumors, infection and nerve related problems.


    Loose clothing is recommended. Preferably sleeveless top, as access to bare skin on shoulder area is required.