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How helpful and how long it takes for TMJ mri?

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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: MRI very helpful

A TMJ MRI is really the only way to visualize the structures of the temporomandibular joint without surgery.
It usually takes about an hour. An MRI will show disc displacement, fluid collections, arthritis, muscle impingement, condylar degeneration and degeneration of the disc or bone. It can be very helpful to your doctor in determining your best treatment . An MRI is necessary for TMJ surgery.

In brief: MRI very helpful

A TMJ MRI is really the only way to visualize the structures of the temporomandibular joint without surgery.
It usually takes about an hour. An MRI will show disc displacement, fluid collections, arthritis, muscle impingement, condylar degeneration and degeneration of the disc or bone. It can be very helpful to your doctor in determining your best treatment . An MRI is necessary for TMJ surgery.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Helpful

Very helpful to determine disk position.
Probably 12-20 minutes. However, very expensive test and usually does not affect treatment. Usually ordered initially by MD who knows nothing about TMJ. TMJ specialists will usually reserve an MRI for surgical indications.

In brief: Helpful

Very helpful to determine disk position.
Probably 12-20 minutes. However, very expensive test and usually does not affect treatment. Usually ordered initially by MD who knows nothing about TMJ. TMJ specialists will usually reserve an MRI for surgical indications.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Very helpful!

A TMJ MRI is really the only way to visualize the structures of the temporomandibular joint without surgery.
It usually takes about an hour, but it's worth it. An MRI will show disc displacement, fluid collections, arthritis, muscle impingement, condylar degeneration and degeneration of the disc or bone. An MRI is usually necessary if you're considered a candidate for TMJ surgery.

In brief: Very helpful!

A TMJ MRI is really the only way to visualize the structures of the temporomandibular joint without surgery.
It usually takes about an hour, but it's worth it. An MRI will show disc displacement, fluid collections, arthritis, muscle impingement, condylar degeneration and degeneration of the disc or bone. An MRI is usually necessary if you're considered a candidate for TMJ surgery.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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