MRI Arthrogram

What is an MRI arthrogram?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce clear, detailed images of your tissues, joints, and internal organs. An arthrogram uses an X-ray and an injectable contrast medium to generate high-quality images of the soft tissues in your joint(s).

Combined, these two exams help your physician diagnose and determine the extent of conditions that affect your joints. Learn more about MRI arthrogram.

Where is the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center located?

We are located on the north side of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto campus.

Where should I park?

Park in the lot by the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. This parking lot is located on the north side of campus. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • Some metals interfere with MRI equipment. Be certain your physician knows if you have:
    • Aneurysm clips
    • Implanted neurostimulator
    • Inner-ear implants
    • Metal fragments in your eye(s)
    • Pacemaker/defibrillator
    • Pacing wires
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit
  • Bring any implant and/or medical device cards (for heart stents/valve, eye/ear implants, etc.) to your appointment. We will use these cards to verify the safety of your implant.
  • There are no dietary restrictions for this MRI exam.
  • You will need to remove medication and/or nicotine patches before your exam.
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you should take any regular medications as prescribed or needed.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • Please allow at least 1–1½ hours for the test.
  • After you have been admitted, you will be asked to fill out an MRI metal screening form. This will help the MRI technologist to ensure you do not have any devices that are unsafe for MRI. (See "How should I prepare?" above.)
  • You will be asked to remove anything that might decrease the quality of the MRI images, including hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and removable dentures. You will be given a hospital gown to wear for the test.
  • The initial arthrogram will take place in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The radiologist will inject a contrast medium-gadolinium-into the joint and take X-rays. (Note: Unlike the contrast medium used for CT and X-ray exams, gadolinium is not iodinated.)
  • After your X-rays, you will proceed to MRI, where images will be taken of the X-rayed area.
  • At the MRI suite, we will provide a secure locker for storing your personal items during the exam.
  • Once the technologist has determined that you may safely enter the MRI exam room, you will be asked to lie on your back on a padded table. Cushions are available for your comfort.
  • Special coils will be placed over the area to be scanned.
  • During the exam, you will hear loud knocking sounds coming from the scanner. For your comfort, the technologist will provide you with earplugs or with music headphones.
  • The technologist will also give you a squeeze ball to hold in your hand during the exam to alert him/her if you need assistance. Even though the technologist will be in another room during the scan, he/she will be able to see, hear, and speak to you during the scan.
  • During the scan, it is very important that you remain very still to help ensure clear images.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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