The diagnosis of a shoulder problem is a stepwise process. The description of your problem and the examination findings will help. Diagnostic tests are sometimes required to confirm the diagnosis. These tests are performed in the Radiology Department. Mr Lyons will advise which tests will be most helpful and arrange them for you if necessary.

  • X-rays X-rays

    X-rays are a form of electro-magnetic radiation. They penetrate the soft tissue and bone to leave an image of especially the bone on the X-ray film. They are especially helpful to assess the bones in the shoulder.

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  • UltrasoundUltrasound

    Ultrasound is a diagnostic test which uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the soft tissue structures in the shoulder. It has the ability to produce a moving image of these structures.

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  • CT ScanCT Scan

    CT Scan or Computerised Tomography is an advanced X-ray technique. A computer program will produce images like a slice through the shoulder in horizontal and vertical or oblique planes. It may also produce 3 dimensional images of the shoulder.

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  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)MRI

    MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a test that uses magnetic fields within the body rather than radiation to produce images. It is a diagnostic test which can be very helpful in assessing soft tissue structures in the shoulder as well as bone.

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