How can you tell if you have labral tear, aside from mri?

Symptoms. At times the symptoms of a labral tear on physical examination are very clear cut and considered diagnostic. Other times, it is not so clear. And unfortunately, there are some insurance programs which will not pay for a surgical proceedure based on the patient's physical exam, and they will insist on a diagnostic study. Labral tears can be seen in MRI and CT studies with an arthrogram.
MRI best. The best non invasive test is an mri. Sometimes they will need to inject contrast into the joint before the MRI to better see if there is a tear of the labrum. Often the orthopedic doctor can be pretty certain but should have an MRI to confirm.

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Having hip pain and told labral tear after MRI etc why would I need an ultrasoud?

Injection. Ultrasound guided injection of local anesthetic and steroid can alleviate inflammation in the joint. This is another key step in figuring out if surgery will be helpful also ultrasound can be used to evaluate other causes of hip pain, like snapping hip. Read more...
Not sure ask your. Doctor, what he or she is thinking.... Not the standard way for work-up of labral tears, but there might be something else he or she is thinking, or trying to evaluate. Ask him/her, could you please tell me why we are getting this ultrasound, and what will it add to the recommended treatments. Read more...

What view of a shoulder MRI with contrast and arthrogram should you look at to determine a labral tear? Slap vs. Bankart?

All of them. They all need 2 b evaluated as well as an exam by a shoulder specialist 2 decided on a plan of action. Read more...
Depends. A shoulder MRI takes images in multiple planes and with multiple techniques. Tears of the labral cartilage are best seen in the axial images, but can also be seen in the coronal and sagittal planes. That includes a Bankart injury . A tear of the superior labral complex such as a SLAP lesion is best seen in the coronal images, but can also be seen in the other planes. Read more...

The orthopedic md found a labral tear on my mri. Why did he ask me if I wore baby shoes with a metal bar when I was an infant, (which I did)?

Birth defect of hip. I'm assuming you mean hip labral tear. Some hip labral tears can be caused over time by a congenital variant of hip bone anatomy; this congenital problem has been treated in the past by that gadget you wore. Read more...
Not sure. Your lower extremity alignment and labral tears in shoulders are unrelated.Possibly he noted your lower extremity alignment on his general exam and was making orthopedic" small talk".! Read more...

An MRI revealed "suspected left acetabular labral tear." is mra the next step or can diagnosis be confirmed by orthopedic exam?

MRA is 4 vascular. . It is usually done 4 head/brain study. I would not think it would be done 4 a labral tear but i would go by the recommendations of ur treating orthopedic surgeon. Read more...
Not MRA. Mra looks at vessels, and would not be appropriate for this problem. Please see your orthopedic surgeon. You might need an arthrogram (even an mr arthrogram) to further diagnose the problem. Read more...

I had an MRI of my right hip with arthrogram to diagnose labral tear and radiologist said dye went to lymph nodes quickly. Why would this happen?

Location. Most likely due to the location of the injection (especially if you have active inflammation nearby). Also, moving a lot or having a high heart rate can increase absorption. Read more...
Outside joint. When you are doing the injection, to a certain degree you are guessing where the joint is based on the image. It is not uncommon to inject outside the joint initially. In that case, some of the agent may get taken up by the lymph system and go to nodes. It should not be a problem. Read more...
Inflammation. Assuming that the arthrogram was done correctly, and contrast placed into the joint space, then heart rate and motion will not affect uptake. The contrast placed into the joint space gets absorbed by turnover of the joint fluid with uptake into the lymphatic system, and then flows into the blood vessels. Contrast outside of the joint gets absorbed directly by the blood vessels, and usually not... Read more...