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.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

Your physician may call for an MRI arthrogram to diagnose and assess:

  • Sports- or work-related injuries or disorders
  • Cysts or growths
  • Degenerative disorders, e.g., arthritis
  • Generalized swelling and/or pain
  • Tears or degeneration

What might prevent my physician from ordering this exam?

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

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