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Knee Scan

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Reasons for a Knee Scan ..

Stiff knee
Knee Pain
Knee swelling
Weak knee
Knee Injury or Accident
Reduced range of movement

What does the Knee 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 Knee Scan

The knee scan aims to provide a detailed assessment of the significant musculoskeletal structures in the knee using ultrasound. The knee joint is made of a number of tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and cartilage. The knee joint is the largest weight-bearing joint in the body performing a wide range of movements including twisting, turning, and rotating. All this movement and weight bearing can cause a tremendous toll on the knee causing a great deal of wear and tear on the joint as you go through your normal daily activities. Increasing your activities, such as sports and exercise, can add to these forces. Due to the high demands placed on the knee, it is, therefore, more prone to developing injury and disease. The knee scan uses ultrasound waves to see inside the knee and look at these structures. It is a quick and painless test that is completely safe. The results of the knee scan are discussed with you following the scan.

The knee ultrasound scan can assess:

  • Quadriceps tendon
  • Patellar tendon
  • Bursa
  • Biceps femoris
  • Medial collateral ligament
  • Lateral collateral ligament
  • Knee cushion (limited)


What is the Knee Scan

Knee problems and knee pain are common as the knee is a frequent point of contact during traumatic accidents, and is prone to wear and tear due to its weight-bearing nature. It is also a common site for arthritic pain. A knee ultrasound scan is a diagnostic imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the structures inside the knee. It can be used to evaluate the knee muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue structures. Knee injuries are common in adults, particularly among athletes such as runners. 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.

The knee is one of the most critical joints in the body, with many structures. It is subjected to intense pressure when walking and is prone to injuries among sports personalities because of extensive use and excessive weight. One of the tools doctors use to identify structural damage to the knee is the ultrasound scan. This is mainly the case when the damage or injury affects the soft tissue of the knee.

Why do I need a Knee Scan

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

  • knee injury: Foot ultrasound is commonly used to evaluate injuries such as sprains and tendonitis.
  • knee pain
  • Reduced knee movement
  • Reduced knee stability
  • Knee discomfort
  • Knee Inflammation
  • Knee lump
  • Knee swelling to fluid
  • Post-surgical complications e.g. abscess, oedema
  • Check for foreign bodies such as glass or metal particles that may have lodged in the soft tissues

The primary function of a knee ultrasound is to assess certain knee conditions such as;

  • Knee joint effusion is a build-up of fluid within the knee joint. It can happen for various reasons, including knee injury, knee arthritis, and meniscal injury, among others. The scan can assess the size of the effusion and determine if there is any active inflammation.
  • Patellar tendinosis(Jumper’s knee): A knee ultrasound can accurately diagnose patellar tendinosis.
  • The scan can also be used to assess the ligaments that run inside and outside the knee, called collateral ligaments.
  • The scan can also assess baker’s cyst. The scan can confirm the diagnosis and size of the cyst and determine the suitability of ultrasound-guided aspiration.
  • Assessing soft tissue lumps around the knee joint. A knee ultrasound is the first imaging choice when assessing for swelling around the knee
  • Assessing a special group of tendons that run at the inner aspect of the upper leg just below the knee for Pes Anserine tendinosis and bursitis
  • Assess for any liquid build-up in front of the knee cup (pre-patellar bursitis)

Besides its diagnostic value, a knee ultrasound is also vastly used in treatment. Knee ultrasound-guided treatment can help treat various conditions, such as:

  • Knee joint osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral joint
  • Meniscal tears
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Prepatellar bursitis
  • Hoffa’s fat pad impingement
  • Iliotibial (IT) band friction syndrome
  • Pes anserine tendinopathy and bursitis

Different treatment options and ultrasound-guided knee injections can be done under ultrasound guidance to help manage knee pain and discomfort, such as knee steroid injections, knee hyaluronic acid injections, and knee platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

What can the Knee Scan detect?

Our knee ultrasound scan is used to assess for common problems in the knee which can include:

  • injuries to the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage
  • inflammation and swelling of the knee joint
  • osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Baker’s cyst, which is a fluid-filled sac that can develop behind the knee
  • bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the knee
  • tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendons
  • gout and other types of crystal arthritis
  • Sprains & Tears
  • Inflammation or bursitis 
  • Traumatic injury
  • Fluid in the knee joint
  • Jumpers knee
  • Housemaid’s knee
  • Prepatellar bursitis
  • Infrapatellar bursitis
  • Potential meniscus injury
  • Restricted Movement
  • Arthritis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Over Use Injury

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 Knee Scan

The test is painless, safe, and can be done quickly. Your doctor may require a knee 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 knee and knee joints. It can provide clinically useful information on a wide range of conditions affecting the knee joint, including the tendons, ligaments, muscles, synovial space, articular cartilage, and surrounding soft tissues.

Taking a private knee ultrasound has numerous benefits for you and your healthcare provider, such as:

  • Knee ultrasounds provide real-time images that allow healthcare providers to get a live look at the structures surrounding the knee and acquire the information required to make the correct diagnosis.
  • Besides highlighting the cause of knee pain or discomfort, the ultrasound can provide additional details like the contents and size of the swelling, lump or cyst to help ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.
  • Private knee ultrasound-guided injections help to deliver treatment to the suitable structures in the knee for prolonged relief and better treatment response.

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

Knee Scan FAQ's

What is a Knee Ultrasound?

A knee ultrasound is a diagnostic exam to visualise superficial soft tissue structures surrounding the knee. Its dynamic use makes a knee ultrasound unique compared to other imaging modalities. Observing joint surfaces moving and correlating sonographic findings with patient symptoms can be very helpful. Although ultrasound is not the imaging modality of choice when looking deep inside the bone, integrating it as part of the clinical examination alongside other imaging modalities is important.

Common structures visualised around the knee during a knee ultrasound scan include the following;

  • Patella and quadriceps tendons
  • Several knee bursae
  • Muscle and tendinous structures posterior and anterior to the joint
  • Joint lines and capsular recesses

How much is a private knee ultrasound in London?

Our knee scan prices in London vary widely, considering the vast range of applications for the scan. The price of the scan can be as low as £160 up to £300 for ultrasound-guided injections. We also provide musculoskeletal assessments with our specialists and the knee for scans  and results. You can contact our office for our full range of services and an estimate of the knee scan.

How long does a knee scan take?

Knee scans are quick and easy to take. You should be able to get your knee scan done within a few minutes. Most people are in and out of our clinic in about 40 minutes. You don’t need to take a day off work to get your scan taken.

How soon will I get the results of the scan?

You will get a verbal result of the scan after it is done. We send you the full findings of the scans electronically in about 24 hours.

Why choose us for your Knee 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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