Shoulder Scan

Diagnose shoulder injury – assessment of the rotator cuff

We kindly ask that all bookings and payments are to be done online below by selecting your preferred location. You need to have a referral letter from a doctor with an Irish Medical Council (IMC) or Medical Council Registration (MCRN) number before making a booking. Please send your referral in to us prior to making your appointment. You can email us a scanned copy or clear photograph of the referral to Once the email has been sent you can proceed to make your online booking.

Alternatively, if your doctor has already sent us a copy of your referral via Healthlink or Email, we will make contact with you to arrange an appointment.

Cancellation policy

PRICE: €150

* Additional €100 for bilateral shoulders

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

You will need a referral letter from a GP with an Irish Medical Council (IMC) number. The referral letter needs to be dated within 6 months of the scan being carried out.

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. We aim to have the report delivered to your GP within 2 business days following your scan.

How long does a shoulder examination last?

The examination lasts 20-30 minutes.