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A 30-year-old female asked:

Is mri of the knee usually done with or without contrast?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
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.
Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Without: Contrast is not needed for an area like this that is not vascular.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 40 years experience
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.
Last updated Jan 3, 2018
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