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Diagnostic Ultrasound


Diagnostic ultrasound scanning can be used to supplement the physiotherapy assessment, providing a comprehensive detailed examination of the anatomy, and the dynamic function of the affected area. Given that the scan is performed within a physiotherapy context we are able to determine the clinical relevance of any findings and whether or not they have any relationship to your problem. Diagnosis is never made on the basis of imaging alone.

An ultrasound scanner does not use X-Rays (ionising radiation) making it a safe diagnostic procedure. The ultrasound probe emits high frequency sound waves that are passed through your body and as they are reflected back by the structures inside, the echoes are used to form an image.

Ultrasound allows direct real time visualisation of the soft tissues, augmenting the clinical diagnosis of injuries such as muscle tears and tendon injuries. It also allows us to monitor improvements in conditions over time, and by visualising the healing process in this way, we are more able to accurately predict full functional recovery.

Common Conditions for Diagnostic Ultrasound Scanning


  • Muscle tears
  • Bleeding or fluid collections in muscles, bursae or joints
  • Diagnosing tendon tears as seen in rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder or the achilles tendon

Benefits of Diagnostic Ultrasound Scanning

  • Higher resolution imaging of superficial structures such as tendons
  • Relatively low cost
  • Real time comparison with the contralateral side
  • Ability to perform the scan dynamically


Ultrasound Guided Injection Therapy


Shoulder InjectionOccasionally, symptoms may persist despite the best physiotherapy efforts and a cortisone injection is a frequently successful procedure for joint and soft tissue disorders as an anti-inflammatory and pain relieving treatment. At Brook Physio this is performed under ultrasound guidance, with the needle tip placed into the affected area under direct vision, guaranteeing precise delivery of the medication into the location where it is needed most. At times this can completely relieve symptoms or provide a 'window' of pain relief allowing physiotherapy to be more effective.