28th March 2012

MSK Ultrasonography


Using painless high frequency sound wave, detailed still and moving images of muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments can be obtained. Using a doppler enhancement can highlight blood flow within blood vessels, which can be used to scan arteries in cases of suspected blockages. The presence of small blood vessels within tendons also is a strong indicator that the tendon is the source of pain. Ultrasound is the gold standard for imaging a variety of soft-tissue injuries and conditions such as: tendinopathies, ligamentous injuries and muscle tears. It is also excellent for imaging most peripheral joints such as elbows, shoulders, hands, feet and knees.

We are very proud to announce that Lance Bird, Radiographer and Consultant Practitioner/Sonologist, has joined the team at natural touch. Lance was a clinical researcher at the Stanmore Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where he obtained his research degree in Orthopaedics. Lance currently teaches medical imaging at the European School of Osteopathy and has done so since 1997.

Lance is also qualified to use ultrasound to check the state of a variety of blood vessel disorders:  Abdominal Aortic Aneurisms (AAAs); Carotid, Femoral and Popliteal artery thrombosis, patency and flow rate assessments.



Lance alway provides a detailed sonographic and anatomical written diagnostic report on his scans, to assist you practitioner to tailor your treatment and management plan. MSK Ultrasound can also be invaluable in monitoring the effectiveness of treatment, and help inform when return to play could occur.We offer two levels of service: £99.00 per body area scanned including imaging report and £120.00 per body area which includes copies of relevant still or moving images. Lance is in every other Thursday afternoon, with appointments starting at 2.00pm.



This service is available to anyone:  you do not need to be an existing patient of this practice.

However, patients who do wish to obtain a scan will need to seen by a healthcare practitioner, or speak to the practice principal directly.

A request form in word format can be downloaded from here.

Please complete this and email it to appointments@natural-touch.com and we will contact you to arrange an appointment.