A physician will use C-arm guided fluoroscopy to locate the area of interest for contrast injection prior to your MRI. The physician and/or technologist will be with you during this part of your exam and explain each step of the procedure to you.
Once the injection is complete, you will be transferred to the MRI scanner. The MRI scan itself is not painful. While the scanner is on, we will ask you to lie as still as possible. The technologist will try to make you as comfortable as possible but the position of your body during the scan may increase any existing pain you may have. For your comfort, we provide padding and music during your exam. If you are claustrophobic, the MRI scan may be uncomfortable. The opening in our MRI is a “wide bore” opening and is very comfortable to most people. If you have any concerns, please call our office.
Because the MRI is a strong magnet, it is important for us to know if you have any metal and/or metal particles in your body, prior to your exam. In addition, if you are able to wear metal free clothing, you may not need to change your clothes prior to your exam. We will provide shorts/gown if you need to change your clothes.
You are not required to fast; you may eat and/or drink prior to Arthrogram procedure.
How you should prepare for your MRI:
Your activity, immediately following your procedure, should be reduced. You should engage in only light activity for the rest of the day.
You may, following your procedure, experience some swelling and discomfort at the injection site. To prevent this, we recommend you apply ice to the joint to reduce the swelling for 10-15 minutes (3-4 times a day) for the next two days. You may also take a mild over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Advil or Aleve for the pain unless you have been advised not to. Any symptoms at the joint injection site usually disappear after 48 hours. Contact us at (740) 454-3273 if you have symptoms that persist longer.
While infections or reactions to the injection site are rare, we encourage you to call our office at (740) 454-3273 if you experience any symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, fluid overload, fever, chills, sweats, redness or increased pain. If you experience difficulty breathing or swallowing or feel a fullness or swelling in your throat, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department for immediate treatment. You may also call (740) 454-5000 to reach our physician on call.