MSK Exams

Please Note: We will be experiencing higher than usual wait times for walk-in X-Ray's on Tuesday May 23rd at our Macleod location.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound examines the tendons, ligaments and soft tissue which may identify fluid around joints. We offer the following MSK exams:

  • Shoulder(Includes Rotator Cuff)
  • Elbow
  • Wrist(Includes Carpal Tunnel)
  • Hand or Finger
  • Hip
  • Knee (Includes Bakers Cyst)
  • Ankle
  • Achilles
  • Foot or Toe
  • Plantar Fascia
  • Muscle/Tendon

Pureform Procedure

After position on a bed (positioning is exam specific) the sonographer will begin the exam by preparing the area for scanning. This preparation involves ensuring the area to be scanned is clean and free of obstruction

A transmission medium such as gel or cream will be applied to the area to ensure sufficient transmission of ultrasound waves. This ensures excellent image quality.

During the exam the ultrasound transducer will be moved around the areas of concern, ensuring each area is imaged completely. The sonographer may reposition a patient to ensure all needed images are taken.

From time to time the sonographer may need to apply some pressure on the probe to completely image a structure. This may cause some minor discomfort but should never be painful. Please communicate with your sonographer during your exam to ensure the best possible experience.


No specific preparation required other than to arrive 15 minutes early and to bring your Alberta Health Care card.

When Will I get my Results?

Your doctor who ordered the exam will receive the results in 1-2 business days or same day if required urgently.