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An ultrasound scan can, one can diagnose damage to the tendons, fluid collections in and around shoulder and evidence of impingement of the tendons.
Ultrasound can be done in the clinic setting and in fact it is quite convenient to do it at the time of the physical examination. It will take few extra minutes to complete the test as one is already undressed during the examination. The accuracy of the diagnosis is nearly 95%.Thus it provides an opportunity to run an on-stop shoulder clinic arriving at diagnosis and treatment plan and my patients receive an accurate diagnosis straight away rather than having to wait several weeks for an appointment from radiology department.
Portable ultrasound scanner is available in one of the clinics I practice (at Torbay Hospital) and I routinely use it to aid arriving at the diagnosis.