A 30-year-old female asked:
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is mri of the knee usually done with or without contrast?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Generally: a routine knee MRI is done without contrast. In certain specific instances, however, contrast may be utilized, depending on what exactly the clinician is concerned about.
Answered on Oct 10, 2015
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Without: Contrast is not needed for an area like this that is not vascular.
Answered on Oct 10, 2015
Dr. Peter Nefcy
38 years experience Radiology
No contrast usually: Contrast is not usually given for an MRI of the knee. Many times, the knee has an effusion, which acts as a natural contrast agent for MRI. In complex situations, such as after surgery or when the patient's symptoms are more sever than expected by the Doctor, then contrast can be used either by venous injection or with an arthrogram.
Answered on Jan 3, 2018

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