Ultrasound is a relatively safe investigation, which uses sound waves in order to gain detailed images of structures beneath the skin. Over the last decade ultrasound has become an increasingly useful tool to help in diagnosing rheumatological conditions as well as help in guiding procedures such as joint injections. Since 2008 the Haywood Hospital's Rheumatology Department have established an in house musculoskeletal ultrasound service.
We have a Consultant Sonographer, a couple of the Consultant Rheumatologists as well as our day case unit Ward Sister who help in providing the service. One of the key aspects of our service is the use of ultrasound in helping to diagnose patients referred to us with early arthritis symptoms. We also use ultrasound in helping to guide steroid injections into difficult joints as well as tendons.
Please note that some of the ultrasound tests we request will be performed by the Radiology Department however if we have specifically requested an ultrasound to be performed within our own service then this will be carried out on Scotia Day Case Unit and you will be advised of this accordingly.