ARTHROGRAM

Arthrogram

Arthrograms, also called arthrography, allow radiologists to locate issues in your joints that may be overlooked using standard imaging procedures. At 611 MRI, we offer CT arthrograms and MRI arthrograms to provide flexibility depending on the patient and type of arthrogram.

Arthrograms are generally used to evaluate the need for surgery or joint replacement. They are typically recommended to diagnose joint problems, such as:

  • Unexplained joint pain or swelling
  • Injuries to the joint
  • Joint mobility issues
  • Abnormalities of the joint and surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles

How do I prepare for my arthrogram?

No special preparation is necessary before your exam. You may eat and drink as you normally do. We advise you to dress in clothes that are metal-free (no zippers, brass buttons, etc) for your exam. A dressing gown will be provided to cover the area that is being examined. Individual dressing rooms are available for your privacy. All metal objects, including coins and watches, will be kept safely in a locker. We recommend that patients leave jewelry (except wedding bands) and valuables at home.

What's the arthrogram like?

An arthrogram begins with an injection of a contrast agent into a joint, which will allow the radiologist to view scans of the joint in great detail. After the injection you will be taken to the MRI or CT suite. The MRI or CT machine contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. A technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you.

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