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what is the definition or description of: mri arthrogram?

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Dr. Mark Bromson
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
MRI with injection: An MRI arthrogram is an MRI of a joint after a contrast agent has been injected into the joint. The MRI is usually performed before and after the dye has been injected. Injecting the contrast agent into the joint often provides additional information not found on a regular study. It may show small tears or holes that would be missed on a regular study.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Easy: Arthrogram means immaging of a joint with a contrast material injected into the joint. It coats all the surfaces so they are able to be well evaluated and also will show any leaks in the joint. A leak in shoulders are usualy rotator cuff tears. Thi injected contrast is gadolinium which does not have magnetic properties so allow no interference with the immaging.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
Combined: The MRI study of a joint can be done by itself or with intravenous contrast, although this last part is not usually very helpful. To provide more information about the cartilage, capsule, ligaments and tendons, the MRI study can be performed in combination with a joint injection, or arthrogram. For more information google "DrNefcy.com" and click on arthrogram advice.

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