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Hand Scan

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Reasons for a Hand Scan ..

Swelling & Fluid
Signs of Inflammation
Sprain or Tear
Assess Tendon & Ligaments
Gamekeeper's Thumb
Restricted Movement
De Quervain tenosynovitis

What does the Hand Scan include?

Ultrasound probe icon from The Scan Clinic London

Same day verbal results

Digital written ultrasound report within 24-48 hours

Performed by qualified medical ultrasound specialists

Detect problems before they become troubles


One to One Consultation with Advanced Physiotherapist (+Physio Consult)

Ultrasound guided injection of steroid or advanced pain relief medication (+ USGI)

Objective of the Hand Scan

The hand scan aims to provide a detailed assessment of the significant musculoskeletal structures in the hand using ultrasound. The hand is an extraordinary part of the body made of a number of structures including muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. The hand scan uses ultrasound waves to see inside the hand and look at these structures. It is a quick and painless test that is completely safe. The results of the hand scan are discussed with you following the scan.

The hand scan can assess:

  • Hand injury
  • Finger joints
  • Thumb joint
  • Hand tendons & ligaments
  • Abnormal fluid or inflammation around the hand, fingers or thumb
  • Lumps on the hand
  • Swelling of the hand, fingers or thumb
  • Injury to the hand, fingers or thumb

What is the Hand Scan

A hand ultrasound scan is a diagnostic imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the structures inside the wrist joint. It can be used to evaluate the tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the hand, as well as the bones, nerves and fluid in the joints.  Hand problems and injuries are common in adults, particularly following an injury or overuse.  These injuries can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Acute injuries could be caused by sudden traumatic events such as falls or accidents. Chronic injuries are usually due to repetitive microtrauma to the area, however, in some instances may also be a consequence of an acute injury. A scan of the hand can be used to quickly and safely examine the hand to check for any potential problems.

Human hands are complex and delicate structures containing over 20 bones, numerous muscles and joints that allow for robust, precise and dextrous movements. But they are also vulnerable to injuries, which can cause wrist and hand pain. Some common hand problems that could cause pain and discomfort include carpal tunnel, arthritis, tendinopathy, ligament damage, trigger finger, and tendon contracture,

Hand ultrasounds can diagnose many conditions that affect the hand and wrist. The scan uses sound waves to create an image of the structures inside the hand, such as muscles and tendons. The information from these images can be used in diagnosing various hand-related conditions.

Why do I need a Hand Scan

You may need to have a hand scan for one or more of the following reasons;

  • Hand injury: Foot ultrasound is commonly used to evaluate injuries such as sprains and tendonitis.
  • Hand pain
  • Pain in the fingers
  • Pain in or around your thumb
  • Pain in the hand joints
  • Stiffness in the hand joints
  • Reduced hand movement
  • Hand discomfort
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand or fingers
  • Numbness in the hand or fingers

There are many reasons to get a hand scan. But the main one is determining the cause of hand pain and discomfort. The pain can originate in different parts of the complex skeletal structure of the hands, including the bones, joints, connective tissues, tendons and nerves.

Some of the common reasons for a hand scan are;

  • Pain
  • Reduced movement
  • Osteo or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Swelling
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Discomfort
  • Inflammation
  • Muscular tendinous and ligamentous damage
  • Foreign bodies
  • Joint effusions
  • Soft tissue masses such as lipomas
  • Classification of a mass
  • Post-surgical complications
  • Relationship of normal anatomy and pathology to each other
  • Some bony pathology

The ultrasound can be recommended by a doctor, but the recommendation is not compulsory for this type of scan. You can schedule an appointment for a hand scan if you notice wrist and finger joint pains, reduced range of movements, signs of inflammation and fluid, lumps, masses and tumours or other abnormalities and causes of concern.

  • Hand Inflammation (tenosynovitis)
  • Hand lump
  • Hand swelling
  • Post-surgical complications e.g. abscess, oedema
  • Monitor rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Check for foreign bodies such as glass or metal particles that may have lodged in the soft tissues.

What can the Hand Scan detect?

Our hand ultrasound scans are used to assess for common injuries to the hand which can include:

  • Inflammation tenosynovitis,  synovitis
  • Sprains & Tears
  • De Quervain tenosynovitis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Thumb injuries such as Gamekeeper’s Thumb, Skier’s Thumb
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Neuromas
  • Restricted Movement
  • Arthritis
  • Over Use Injury
  • Infection

How to find us

The Scan Clinic London East,

635A Cranbrook Road,

Gants Hill IG2 6SX

Call the scan clinic

Call us on:

0203 904 7706



Benefits of having the Hand Scan

The test is painless, safe, and can be done quickly. Your doctor may require a hand ultrasound scan along with other imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI to plan the best treatment. Ultrasonography is a noninvasive imaging modality and is widely used for the assessment of the hand, fingers and thumb including the joints. It can provide clinically useful information on a wide range of conditions affecting the hand, including the tendons, ligaments, muscles, synovial space, articular cartilage, and surrounding soft tissues.

Getting a private hand ultrasound scan has many benefits. For starters, private scan clinics like ours don’t have a long wait list, which allows you to get the scan faster, put your worries to rest, and, if there’s something wrong, get timely medical attention. Some of the other benefits of a private hand ultrasound include;

  • High-res digital images – Private scan clinics use the latest and most advanced ultrasound equipment, ensuring high-resolution imagery of your hand that makes it easy to identify potential health and structural problems in your hand. As part of the scan package, you receive a detailed report and images of your scan that you can share with your healthcare specialist for further medical attention.
  • Same-day results – Most private hand scan clinics can provide you with verbal results as you leave the clinic and official results within 24-48 hours. Considering time is of the essence in all health cases, getting your results sooner could prove vital in providing timely medical intervention.

One Stop Muscular Clinic Service Options

For all musculoskeletal services we have a number of service options that are available to be booked from diagnostic to treatment options all part of the one stop musculoskeletal MSK service. This means that you don't need to go to different clinics or places to have your scan, physiotherapy and/ or ultrasound guided steroid injections for pain relief.
Scroll down to see the different service options available.


1. Ultrasound Scan Only

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scan for One area, there are additional charges for multiple areas – please contact customer care team for more information.
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound Report
  • 20 Minute Appointment
Musculoskeletal Specialist Assessment

Musculoskeletal Assessment

2. Ultrasound Scan with Musculoskeletal Assessment

  • One-to-One Asessment with Advanced Musculoskeletal Specialist
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scan for One area, there are additional charges for multiple areas – please contact customer care team for more information.
  • Diagnostic Report including ultrasound findings and physiotherapist consultation notes

Ultrasound Guided Injection

3. Ultrasound Scan with Guided Injection and Physiotherapist Consultation

  • Ultrasound guided injection of corticosteroids for pain and inflammation.
  • For specific areas and/or conditions we can offer Advanced visco-supplementation gel medications to help relieve pain from osteoarthritis/ tendonitis.
  • One-to-One Assessment with Advanced Musculoskeletal Specialist
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scan for One area, there are additional charges for multiple areas – please contact customer care team for more information.
  • Diagnostic Report including ultrasound findings and Musculoskeletal assessment notes

Hand Scan FAQ's

What is a Hand Scan?

A hand scan is a non-invasive ultrasound scan used to diagnose various hand and wrist conditions. During a hand ultrasound, a technician (sonographer_ places a hand-held device on the patient’s skin. The device sends sound waves into the body, bouncing off the structures inside the hand and returning to the device. The device translates the sound waves and converts them into a digital image that details the structures inside the hand.

The purpose of the hand ultrasound is to evaluate your hand anatomy. The scan looks at the following;

  • Finger flexor
  • Tendons
  • Tendon health
  • Pulleys
  • Palmar fascia
  • Ulnar collateral ligament

What is the cost of a private hand scan in London?

The cost of a hand scan in London varies depending on the private scan clinic you visit and the nature of the scan. Our hand scans start at £160 at The Scan Clinic for ultrasound scans only.

What will an ultrasound of the wrist show?

A wrist scan provides detailed information on the condition of the tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves and vessels around the wrist. The scan can show abnormalities such as masses and tumours around the wrist, among other potential problems that could cause pain and discomfort around the wrist.

How long does a hand ultrasound take?

The duration of the scan can vary widely depending on the investigation in question. In cases of rheumatological changes, the wrist and each finger are assessed separately, in which case the scan could take up to 50 minutes to complete. Most other scan usually take about 10-20 minutes.

Why choose us for your Hand Scan

We are a multi award winning clinic based in London, with awards from Whatclinic clinic of the year, GHP outstanding patient care and LUX best private ultrasound provider to name a few. Our clinical lead Mr. Usman is well known and respected in the industry and has been featured in the Huffington Post and performed scans live on ITV.

We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.

Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.

How do I prepare*

It's really important to arrive with the correct preparation as failure to do so may result in us not being able to perform the scan.
  • No specific preparation is required for this scan.
  • We do not recommend that you drive after having a steroid injection and therefore advise you to either travel by public transport or have someone accompany/ collect you following the procedure.

Our Reviews

HCT iBusHCT iBus
11:46 02 Dec 23
A great service that delivers in a clean and friendly safe environment that delivered exactly what... we needed for our peace of mind. Really expert information and friendly service from start to finish. Will recommend to all friends and more
Candice UghaonuCandice Ughaonu
11:28 03 Oct 23
Great team and the Doctor was super friendly, very detailed and reassuring. He answered all my... questions and concerns. I left feeling much better. I have used them many times and will use again if required in future. Definitely recommend!read more
Gemma KGemma K
11:39 22 Jul 23
I came here for my first child’s gender reveal 3 years ago and the treatment hasn’t changed. The... service is still amazing, the doctors and staff were so welcoming and kind. The doctor took his time to explain the scan to me and checking the baby. The facility is very soothing and relaxing. What an amazing team. May God bless themread more
15:18 12 Jul 23
I recommend this clinic from my heart , the doctor and assistent was so kind and they make me feel... very confortable while on the procedure , nothing to complain, everything perfect . I will go to this clinic again if i will need it for sure .read more
Violeta GugleaVioleta Guglea
17:16 17 Jun 23
I have used the this clinic at the recommendation of my friend who had a positive experience. I... have used this clinic looking for reassurance before my gallbladder removal operation. The appointment was quickly booked for the next day to suit my needs. The scan was performed by a very well spoken, professional person. The whole experience was very positive, as expected from a private clinic. From the experience I have had, I can highly recommend this more
aditya gandhiaditya gandhi
16:08 12 Nov 22
Today me & my wife had 2nd visit of scan clinic. I must say our both visit of scan clinic are much... satisfactory. We were welcomed by miss Zeenat. She was very polite and professional throughout. Scan performed very well & explained as well. Scan clinic deserves thumbs more
ruth raeruth rae
15:21 07 Sep 22
I booked an early scan here and I had a great experience. All the staff were amazing and friendly.... The Sonographer was great, really made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend this more
Tiziana MonnoTiziana Monno
08:10 18 Aug 22
Beautiful experience! I was 31 weeks pregnant and a little worried about my little girl's position.... I was so patiently confirmed by the doctor and informed us of the growth. My partner and I were more than satisfied. Professionalism and kindness they made me feel more
Lina ZhangLina Zhang
10:55 16 Aug 22
I've been to this clinic 4 times over the past 7 years for both pregnancy scans and health scans.... What sterling services they consistently provide! Booking is always easy either online or over the phone, minimum waiting time, and calming environment. What's most impressive is that Mr Usman always explained the scan results thoroughly in a calm and professional way on site and in a report, and quickly spotted issues that both my hospital scan and community clinic scan completely missed (the sonographer at the hospital even asked where I did my scan as she was impressed)! This helped me eventually get timely referral and free from lots of stress. I always feel being well looked after by the team and will wholehearted recommend them to anyone who is looking for efficient, caring and professional more
sannndra Ruizsannndra Ruiz
09:25 06 Aug 22
Great treatment, it's the second time we've been here and we plan to repeat the whole pregnancy.... They revealed the gender of the baby in week 16 and the doctor is super careful and delicate, a 10 out of more

Important Notes

  • We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
  • This scan requires access to the area of interest; therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
  • Study images may be available at an additional charge – more information and to request this can be found by clicking here.
  • All our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.

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