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What is the purpose of this scan?

The purpose of the hip ultrasound scan is to provide an assessment of the hip musculoskeletal structures. 

They include: 

  • Bone structures (femoral head and acetabulum)
  • Fibrocartilaginous structures (acetabular labrum)
  • Cartilage layers covering the hip joint
  • Capsular-ligamentous structures
  • Synovial joint
  • Muscles and tendons
  • Synovial bursae
  • Neurovascular structures

Reasons for having a hip scan include:

  • Pain
  • Muscular and some ligaments damage (chronic and acute)
  • Bursitis
  • Joint effusion
  • Vascular pathology
  • Haematomas
  • Soft tissue masses such as ganglia, lipomas
  • Classification of a mass eg solid, cystic, mixed
  • Post surgical complications eg abscess, edema
  • Some bony pathology.
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