• Nuffield Hospital Leeds

    2 Leighton street, Leeds, LS1 3EB
    Main switchboard: 0113 388 2000
    Out-patient bookings: 0113 388 2067

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    BMI The Duchy Hospital Harrogate

    Queens Road, Harrogate, HG2 OHF
    Main switchboard: 01423 567136
    Out-patient bookings: 0808 101 0337

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    Spire Methley Park Hospital

    Methley Lane, Methley, Leeds, LS26 9HG
    Main switchboard: 01977 518518
    Out-patient bookings: 01977 518518

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  • Investigations and Imaging

    The Yorkshire Knee Clinic has rapid access to all necessary imaging techniques to assist with the diagnosis of knee injuries and conditions.

    Although a knee specialist can make the diagnosis of the majority of knee conditions purely from a detailed patient history and thorough examination imaging is useful for:

    • Supporting and/or clarifying the diagnosis
    • Planning treatment
    • Monitoring recovery/progress

    We are supported by specialist orthopaedic imaging consultants (musculoskeletal radiologists) using state-of-the-art imaging techniques:

    X-rays (plain radiology)

    These can usually be performed immediately and are used to examine the bones
    of the knee in particular looking for signs of arthritis, loose bodies or bone fragments in the knee, fractures and other more unusual conditions of the bone.

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    MRI scans (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

    This has become one of the best techniques for examining knees for soft tissue injuries such as ligament injuries, cartilage tears and damage to the joint surface cartilage covering. Whether or not you require an MRI scan will be discussed with your surgeon.

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    Ultrasound scans

    Ultrasound scans are a useful and simple investigation for some superficial (near the skin) knee injuries or conditions. These include problems affecting the patella or quadriceps tendon and cysts around the knee.

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    CT scans (Computerised Tomography)

    CT scans for knee problems have largely been surpassed by MRI but they still have a useful role where the diagnosis is specifically related to the bone around the knee. With complex fractures, for example, 3D reconstruction from CT scans is useful for planning surgical reconstruction.

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    Isotope (radioactive) scans

    These are less commonly used than the standard imaging investigations but can be useful for investigating stress fractures, painful knee replacements and other uncommon knee conditions. Isotope bone scans look for increased bone turnover. There are other ‘nuclear medicine’ scans available with more specific indications.

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