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Can inflammatory arthritis show up on mri without contrast or is contrast needed?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Varies

An MRI is a structural test and show structural changes that can occur in advanced inflammatory arthritis that has structural changes such as cartilage loss, it can also show an inflammatory pannus as well.
These findings can be seen in a study without contrast. Contrast can be used in specific cases when more information is needed. Inflammatory arthritis is often first diagnosed with bloodwork

In brief: Varies

An MRI is a structural test and show structural changes that can occur in advanced inflammatory arthritis that has structural changes such as cartilage loss, it can also show an inflammatory pannus as well.
These findings can be seen in a study without contrast. Contrast can be used in specific cases when more information is needed. Inflammatory arthritis is often first diagnosed with bloodwork
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