MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound Clinic

For the assessment of musculo-skeletal disorders 


Clinic times

Wednesday 9.30am-12.45pm


ESO Referred Patient £75
Externally Referred Patient £85

The latest ultrasound technology is used to scan specific areas of the body allowing us the ability to confirm a clinical diagnosis of various soft tissue injuries or disorders.  To book call 01622 685989 or speak to your students practitioner/tutor.

What is Diagnostic Ultrasound?

A handheld scanner emits high frequency sound waves to generate a picture of the layers of tissue underneath the skin. Ultrasound imaging is the safest and least intrusive of all the imaging procedures, meaning very little risk to the patient.

What Does the Clinic Offer?

The ESO offers an imaging service to further help the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders; it allows us to assess the structure and function of joint systems and their surrounding tissues in a dynamic way. Combining high quality images with the referring clinician’s knowledge and understanding of underlying anatomical and pathological features of the patient’s condition can lead to more effective treatment and management strategies.

Our MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound clinic is headed by Consultant Imaging Specialist, Lance Bird. Mr Bird has over twenty years’ experience in orthopaedic and clinical research in joint disease; as a teaching clinic, ESO students have the opportunity to see the benefits of using ultrasound for patient assessment first hand.

As a consultant practitioner in MSKUS and a senior academic in medical imaging, Lance Bird is happy to discuss specific and general queries as to the optimum imaging modality regarding your referral (CR x-rays/CT/NM/US). This will then be balanced with the risk/benefit analysis that accompanies such decisions, producing the best and most positive out-comes.

Who Can Refer Me?

All patients at the ESO Clinic may be referred directly through their student practitioner. External referrals are welcome from GPs or other medical professionals.

Referral Forms

A referral form will need to be completed by the patient’s clinician; forms are available to download below.  Please note: the completed referral form needs to be with Clinic by 12 noon on the Wednesday prior to your appointment.

How Long Does the Appointment Last?

The imaging process will last for approximately thirty minutes.  A written report will be sent out to the referring clinician, usually within three working days of the consultation. The referring clinician is welcome to attend the consultation with the patient, or a chaperone may be provided by the ESO.

Why Choose the ESO Clinic

The ESO Clinic is unique in offering a musculo-skeletal ultrasound clinic for its patients as an in-house facility as well as being open to external referrals. We have been providing osteopathic treatment for over 35 years with consistently high quality of clinical care well known across the area. Students, under the supervision of experienced tutors, carry out over 20,000 treatments a year, which bears testimony to this. We have 21 treatment rooms, a large free car park and can offer same day appointments.

Referral Form

Plese download one of the referral forms, fill it in electronically, save it and email it to Alternatively you can print it off, fill it in and post it to us at the address on the form.