Musculoskeletal Scans

Imaging Guidelines for Referrers

Musculoskeletal Scans

It is also strongly advised that a plain x-ray be performed prior to any MSK ultrasound for thorough examination of patient.

Shoulder Ultrasounds

Medicare rebate benefit is payable when referred with suspicion of the following clinical conditions:

  • Evaluation of injury to tendon, muscle or tendon/muscle junctions including tears, calcification or tendinosis
  • Rotator cuff tear/calcification/tendinosis of biceps, subscapular, supraspinatus or infraspinatus
  • Biceps subluxation
  • Capsulitis and Bursitis
  • Evaluation of mass, including ganglion
  • Occult fracture
  • Acromioclavicular joint pathology

Benefits are not payable when referred for non-specific shoulder pain alone.

Knee Ultrasounds

Benefits are payable when referred with suspicion of the following clinical conditions:

  • Abnormality of tendons or bursa about the knee
  • Meniscal cyst, popliteal fossa cyst, mass or pseudomass
  • Nerve entrapment, nerve or nerve sheath tumour

Benefits are not payable when referred for non-specific knee pain alone or other known conditions including:

  • Meniscal and cruciate ligament tears
  • Assessment of chondral surfaces

General Referrals

All examinations performed by Lakes Radiology are bulk billed. For a patient to be eligible for a Medicare rebate there are certain criteria that all referrals must display.

  • Referrer name
  • Referrer provider number
  • Referrer contact details
  • Examination requested
  • All relevant clinical history
  • Referrer signature