An arthrogram is a test using a fluoroscope, similar to a X-ray, used to help evaluate and diagnose joint conditions, unexplained joint pain and detecting disease within the ligaments, tendons and cartilage. A contrast material (such as a dye, water, air, or a combination of these) is injected into the shoulder, hip, wrist, ankle or knee to obtain a series of images of the joint.
Depending upon the arthrography ordered by your doctor, the procedure may use computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or fluoroscopy – a form of real-time x-ray.
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Your preparation will vary depending on which imaging method your exam will use. You may receive an injection of contrast into the bloodstream or directly into the joint being imaged. Some of this contrast material can be absorbed into the joint resulting in an indirect arthrogram. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant and discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, medications you’re taking, and allergies – especially to contrast materials. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.