MR Arthrogram provides high quality images of a joint by utilizing an MRI unit and fluid contrast fluid. The fluid outlines internal joint structures, such as cartilage and ligaments. The term “Arthrogram” refers to the injection, while the MRI study is conducted immediately following the injection.
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Who Needs This Procedure?
MR Arthrography is superior to traditional MRI in that it is capable of more accurately detecting joint abnormalities. It can also be utilized as a follow-up to traditional MRI when a clear diagnosis cannot be made.
Preparing For The Procedure:
If you have any metal objects, such as eyeglasses, jewelry, dentures or hair accessories, remove them before the MRI scan. These objects may affect the MRI images. Removable hearing aids and dental work should also be removed before the test. Women should inform their physician if there is a chance they may be pregnant.
During The Procedure:
The patient will lie flat on an exam table. A technologist will position the patient as needed. The patient will be asked to hold still for optimal imaging. The exam table will then slide into the open machine, and the imaging begins. Once the MRI scan is complete, the technologist will then slide the patient out of the MRI unit.
What Will I Experience?
The patient will experience little to no pain during the injection of arthrographic fluid. MRI scanning causes no discomfort, though some patients may be made uncomfortable by staying still for the period required to capture images.
MRI scanning is a non-invasive method of diagnosis for symptomatic patients with issues that require a view inside the body.