Shoulder Scan

Diagnose shoulder injury – assessment of the rotator cuff (€140)

A shoulder ultrasound scan serves to image the tendons of the rotator cuff. The most common reason for referral for this procedure is shoulder pain. It is a quick, non-invasive way of confirming or excluding certain pathology in relation to the particular tendons and structures that are imaged.

This scan examines

  • The biceps tendon and sheath
  • The subscapularis tendon
  • The supraspinatus tendon
  • The subdeltoid bursa
  • The infraspinatus tendon
  • The teres minor muscle
  • The acromioclavicular joint

Typical requests include

  • Query tear
  • Query calcifications
  • Query bursitis
  • Query tendonitis
  • Query impingement


How to prepare for a shoulder ultrasound

No preparation is necessary.

What to expect from a shoulder ultrasound?

Ultrasound gel is placed on the patient’s shoulder and the structures of interest are scanned with an ultrasound probe. Multiple images of these structures are taken for analysis by a consultant radiologist. The results of the scan will be sent to the patient’s referring doctor within 48 hours of the examination being carried out.

How long does a shoulder examination last?

The examination lasts 20-30 minutes.