Imaging & Investigation

Various types of imaging might be required to make a diagnosis and to help plan treatment.
These include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scanning, ultrasound scanning and occasionally nulear medicine bone scans.

Imaging & Investigation

Various types of imaging might be required to make a diagnosis and to help plan treatment. These include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scanning, ultrasound scanning and occasionally nulear medicine bone scans.

Plain film X-rays

X-rays can be taken and reviewed on the same day as a consultation and are often the only imaging required to diagnose arthritis or identify fractures

MRI Scanning

MRI scanning is one of most useful ways of diagnosing most knee problems. This investigation takes a little longer to perform (15 to 20 minutes) and needs to be planned although sometimes can be performed at the same clinic visit.

Ultrasound imaging

An ultrasoud scan is where a consultant radiologist examins the knee using an ultrasound probe after jelly is applied to the skin.

This is particularly useful for performing guided injections to structures around the knee.

CT Scan

CT scanning is a useful tool for looking at the structure of bone and tends to be more accurate for certain conditions than MRI scanning for looking at sturctural bone problems.

However it is not useful for evaluating soft tissue structures (cartilage, ligaments etc).

Nuclear medicine bone scans

This a specialised scan that looks at the metabolic activity of bone. Images are taken using a gamma camera after an intra-venous injection of a radiolabelled isotope.

This is particularly useful for evaluating patients who have problems with knee replacements or other specific conditions.

Mr Neil Hunt

Specialist Knee Surgeon

Neil offers all aspects of knee surgery including arthroscopy or keyhole surgery, ligament reconstruction and sports knee surgery (from amateur to professional) and a full range of arthritis surgery including osteotomy (re-alignment), chondral and meniscal replacement techniques, uni-compartmental, partial and revision knee replacement and robotic knee replacement.

His aim is to maximise the function of all his patients throughout their lives by eliminating or reducing their pain, returning them to normal activities and, where possible, delaying the need for knee replacement.

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