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 cost of your scan. There is a $10.00 surcharge on all ACC scans.

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

Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections

EchoNorth currently run clinics administering Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections to those patients who have been recommended this treatment by their health professional. One of our radiologists, Dr Brett Lyons, in conjunction with a sonographer, perform this procedure at EchoNorth.

Steroid injections are also known as cortisone injections, Kenacort injections and corticosteroid injections. They are used to treat painful conditions of the joints and soft tissues, such as bursitis, tennis elbow, inflammation caused by arthritis, and some nerve problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Steroid injections provide prolonged relief of inflammatory pain particularly when used with the guidance of your healthcare provider/treatment provider.

Steroid injections are generally very safe and well tolerated. They are safe to administer in the second half of pregnancy, and while breastfeeding.

Ultrasound Guided Steroid injections can be funded by with Southern Cross Health Insurance, ACC, or paid for privately. If you think a steroid injection might be beneficial to the ongoing treatment of your injury/pain, please discuss this with your health professional. EchoNorth require a referral form for this procedure.

If you have any queries regarding our next steroid clinics please ring or email us as the dates are currently fluctuating.

Please click on the link below to open a downloadable and printable patient information sheet on Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections

Steroid Injection Patient Information Sheet

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.