Frequently Asked Questions - MSK

What is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic examination which uses high frequency sound waves to create a black and white image of internal anatomy. It is important to note that an ultrasound scan does not use ionising radiation (like X-rays) and therefore does not cause you any harm.

Who performs the ultrasound examination?
Your ultrasound scan will be performed by a healthcare professional who has obtained further postgraduate education and training in ultrasound.

Why would I be advised to have an MSK Ultrasound?
You could be advised to have an MSK ultrasound scan by your healthcare practitioner in order to aid in diagnosing disorders / injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

Is there any preparation I need to do to have an MSK ultrasound scan?
You will not be required to do any preparation before you have your MSK ultrasound scan.

Will there be any students in attendance when I have my MSK ultrasound scan?
The University of South Wales (USW) MSK Ultrasound Service is part of the education provision within the University. USW is committed to providing the highest quality education. The MSK ultrasound service is part of a ultrasound clinical training programme and therefore a student may be present and involved in the provision of your MSK ultrasound scan. It is important to remember that all MSK ultrasound scans are supervised by a qualified healthcare professional.

What are the common risk factors of Ultrasound?
Professional bodies continue to state that evidence from current research does not demonstrate any risk factors from MSK ultrasound.

How do I make an appointment for an MSK ultrasound scan?
You will have to be referred for the scan by a healthcare practitioner such as a GP, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist (referral forms can be downloaded from this website). Once the referral form arrives at the WIOC it will reviewed by the operator. The referring clinician should advise the patient to call the WIOC reception on 01443 483555 and make an appointment once they know the WIOC have received the referral form.

How much will it cost?
Welsh Institute of Chiropractic patients are charged from £60 and externally referred patients are charged from £80.

What happens if I can’t make the appointment?
If you have to cancel an appointment due to extenuating circumstances, you should notify the WIOC reception staff on 01443 483555 as soon as possible. They can assist you with an alternative date.

What should I do if I have any questions or concerns?
You can either ring the clinic on 01443 483555 or you can speak to the sonographer on the day of your appointment.

Where is the WIOC?
There are directions and a map available on this website under LOCATION

What should I do when I arrive for my appointment?
You should report to the reception staff at the WIOC who will notify the operator of your arrival. They will ask you to take a seat and wait in the waiting area until the operator calls you.

When and how do I get the results from the scan?
The report will usually be available by the following day and should be received by the referrer within 5 working days.