What is an arthrogram?
An arthrogram (also known as arthrography) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that helps doctors visualize the bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons within a joint. Most arthrograms use a contrast agent to highlight abnormalities in the joint. Arthrograms are especially useful for determining the cause of unexplained joint pain or trouble moving the joint. Fluoroscopy is frequently used for arthrograms because this technique allows the radiologist to see what happens inside the joint and to visualize it in motion.
More basic information on fluoroscopy is available in the About Fluoroscopy section.
An arthrogram is recommended when a doctor, typically an orthopedic surgeon, requires visualization of the interior of a joint. For example, if you had a joint injury, an arthrogram might be recommended to determine the extent of injury. Arthrograms are used to evaluate problems in a variety of joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle. In addition, arthrograms are used for the following:
Arthrograms are a diagnostic tool that may aid in determining whether you require surgery for a joint problem.
To schedule an arthrogram, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days your exam.
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.