MSK Ultrasound Scans

In skilled hands, ultrasound is an excellent imaging tool for the assessment of joint conditions.

Ultrasound can assess the joints for common problems such as  arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, fluid in the joints, carpal tunnel syndrome etc... Ultrasound is often particularly advantagious over other imaging modalities such as MRI because the operator can dynamically assess the joint whilst performing the scan. In addition, ultrasound is cheaper than MRI,  completely safe, quicker to perform and has no contradications such as claustophobia or containing metal in the body (sometimes you cannot perform an MRI scan if the patient has history of metal in the body, such as after certain surgical procedures).

The following list comprises of the most common musculoskeletal conditions and areas of the body where ultrasound is most useful:

shoulder ultrasound scans for shoulder pain in london

For the assessment of rotator cuff problems such as bursitis, tendinosis or tendon tears. Symptoms would include shoulder pain and reduced mobility.


For the diagnosis of Tennis or Golfer's elbow from repetative strain movements.



For the assessment of osteo or rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis/tenosynovitis (inflammed tendons from repetative strain injuries)


For the assessment of arthritis, tendinosis and bursitis


For the assessment of the arthritis, tendinosis, joint effusions, signs of meniscal damage and Baker's cysts


For the assessment of arthiritis, tendinosis, tenosynovitis, Achille's tendon tear or inflammation and sprained or torn ligaments in trauma cases (twisted/swollen ankle)



For the assessment of arthritis, tendinosis, heel pain/plantar fasciatis, Morton's Neuromas and fibromas.


No preparation for this ultrasound scan is necessary.


Price: £129.00 (bI-lateral examination: £199.00)


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Lumps and Bumps Ultrasound Scan

This ultrasound scan includes the evaluation of any lump that may be felt or visualised in the body. The most common causes for lumps in the body are ganglion cysts, lipomas and sebaceous cysts which are all usually easily identifiable on ultrasound.

No preparation for this ultrasound scan is necessary.




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Why choose us for your private ultrasound scan in London?

We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 
We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend ultrasound scan appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs.
Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with an ultrasound scan report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment. 

We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvic, testicular and vascular ultrasound scan examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands.

Our range of London ultrasound scan examinations include the abdomen, pelvic, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We are also experts in pregnancy ultrasound and we regularly rotate through our hospital Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic. Our full range of ultrasound scans can be viewed via the site menu. 
Our competitively priced private ultrasound scans and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family. 


Who interprets the results of the private scan and how do I get them?

Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound scan images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination.

Our sonographers are advanced practitioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience; fully qualified, registered with the HCPC and work full/part time for flagship London NHS hospitals. On an average month they perform more than 500 examinations a month and regularly train junior radiologists in the art of ultrasound scanning. During the working day in the NHs they deal with all kinds of routine and emergency scans. They rotate through the hospitals recurrent miscarriage unit where they gain valuable experience in pregnancy and its various complications.

It is very common that sometimes when you leave, you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.


About Ultrasounds

Diagnostic medical ultrasound or sonogram or medical ultra -sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising ultra sound waves to produce internal images of the body.
It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear can’t hear these frequencies.
The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.
There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology. It is also live and is ideal for musculoskeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.
Unlike CT and MRI, ultrasound scans do not use radiation and therefore are pregnancy friendly. Ultrasound is therefore being used in all stages of pregnancy starting from as early 5 weeks.

What are the benefits and risks of the ultrasound scans?


  • Ultrasound scans are non-invasive.
  • An ultrasound scan exam may be occasionally, temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.
  • Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging modalities.
  • Ultrasound scans are extremely safe and do not use any ionizing radiation.
  • Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues such as liver that do not show up well on x-rays.


  • There are no known harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound scans.


What are the limitations of Ultrasound scan Imaging?

 Ultrasound does not travel well in bowel or gas so you cannot fully evaluate abdominal organs such as stomach and bowel or organs obscured by bowel.
It can also be hard to fully visualise internal anatomy of large patients as the ultrasound has further to travel and therefore the returning ultrasound echoes are weaker.


Looking for London ultrasound scans?

IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to include baby scans, well man and well woman scans as well as vascular and musculoskeletal scans, to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scans shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our ultrasound scan prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone.


Private Pregnancy Scan in London

We provide a wide range of private pregnancy ultrasound in London starting from 6 weeks to 38 weeks. 
Our early scan will provide the much needed confirmation and reassurance of a pregnancy. Our baby gender scan that includes wellbeing check will confirm the sex of your baby. Our other private pregnancy scans include the growth baby scan and dating baby scan. We only offer diagnostic ultrasound examinations i.e where the scan has clinical/health related value and therefore we do not offer 4D or bonding scans.


Cost of Private London Ultrasound

The price of a private ultrasound scan in London shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our ultrasound scan prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras and no booking fees.



Emergency London Private Ultrasound Scan Service

Our London ultrasound scan clinic now offers emergency, on-call ultrasound scan services.
We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.
If you were to require an emergency ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time. Please see our emergency London ultrasound scan page for more information.


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