Northland's Ultrasound Professionals
Phone: 09 974 8844
56 Kamo Rd, Kensington
Whangarei, 0112

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scans and Injury Treatment

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scans

EchoNorth offer a full range of musculoskeletal ultrasound services including hernia and foreign body scans.

Most commonly, these scans will be required at the result of an injury, in which case ACC will cover the full cost of your scan. There are no surcharges for ACC covered scans at EchoNorth.

Musculoskeletal scans take approximately 30-40 minutes and the results can be made available to your health professional shortly after the conclusion of the scan.

Will the scan hurt?

When scanning on the site of an injury, pressure from the ultrasound probe may feel uncomfortable for you. Unfortunately to accurately assess the internal injury, this is a necessary part of the scan. Please be assured that your sonographer will do her very best to ensure you are as comfortable as possible throughout your scan.

Can an Ultrasound see injuries to bones?

Ultrasound is not a good diagnostic tool for fractures – these are best seen on an x-ray. Commonly your health professional will ask for both an x-ray and ultrasound to be performed to get a comprehensive look at what is happening at the site of your injury.

Injury Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

EchoNorth is very pleased to offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to our patients. This is an alternative treatment for those who do not wish to have surgery, or for whom conventional therapy has been unsuccessful. This therapy can accelerate the healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis.

The patient’s own blood is taken, spun in a centrifuge, and then the platelet rich blood is re-injected in the affected area under ultrasound guidance. The concentration of platelets increases the release of growth factors and promotes the healing of tendons and cartilage.

Initially it is best that you discuss PRP Therapy with your health professional. If they agree that it will be a useful tool in your injury management, they will refer you to EchoNorth. We will perform an initial ultrasound scan to the area to determine if PRP will be effective. This initial scan is covered by ACC if you have a covered claim.

Unfortunately, PRP Therapy is currently not a funded treatment by ACC, and is only available privately at this stage.

Up to date information can be found here:

Please contact us for more information on this service, including up to date pricing.