Arthrogram

Service Overview

What is an Arthrogram

An arthrogram is an exam in which contrast material is injected into the affected joint. Joint injections can be for an x-ray arthrogram, or simply used as a guide to insert contrast into the joint for an MRI Arthrogram. It is used to view the soft tissue structures of your joint (tendons, ligaments, muscles) that are not seen on a plain x-ray, and helps the radiologist evaluate the need for joint replacement procedures.

 

When is Arthrogram Used?

An arthrogram is performed to evaluate persistent, unexplained joint pain, swelling, or abnormal movement in the ankle, wrist, shoulder, hip, and knee.

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Preparation

How to Prepare for Your Arthrogram

  • Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your appointment for patient registration.
  • Before arriving for your exam let the Scheduling Department at AMI know whether there is any chance you are pregnant or if you are allergic to iodine.
  • Do not take any¬†aspirin or blood-thinning medications¬†five (5) days prior to your exam.