Visualizing joints in detail.
MR arthrography (arthrogram) is a contrast-enhanced study used to visualize the interior of joints in a very detailed way. An arthrogram helps doctors diagnose problems with the bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons within a joint. Arthrograms are especially useful for determining the cause of unexplained joint pain.
Contrast material (gadolinium based) is injected directly into the joint. The fluid expands the joint and provides a better view of internal joint structures. Joint injections are done immediately before the MRI exam using fluoroscopic guidance. Find out more about Fluoroscopy.
An arthrogram is recommended when a doctor, typically an orthopedic surgeon, requires visualization of the interior of a joint. For example, if you have 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.
Arthrograms are a diagnostic tool which may also determine whether you require surgery for a joint problem.
To schedule an MR 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.
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