Upper and Lower Extremities MRI

What is an upper and lower extremities MRI exam?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce clear, detailed images of your joints, tissues, and internal organs.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

Your physician may call for an MRI of your upper and/or lower extremities to help diagnose work-related disorders, sports-related injuries, and other conditions. A few of those conditions are:

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

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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