The arthrogram procedure is completed by one of our Radiologists. It consists of an injection of local anesthetic into the joint, followed by a solution of saline and contrast. This injection is performed under fluoroscopy (x-ray). After the injection is complete, we then take pictures with the MRI scanner.
How do I prepare for an Arthrogram?
It is best to have a light meal before arriving for your arthrogram as it may help prevent nausea and light-headedness.
What are the benefits of an Arthrogram?
Arthrograms are beneficial for detecting injuries to the labrum, cartilage and ligaments that surround our joints. Injuries to this these types of tissues are very difficult to see without the injection of contrast.
What are the risks of an Arthrogram?
With any procedure that includes a puncture of the skin there is a risk of infection. We conduct arthrograms under a sterile environment, so this risk is extremely low. If you have any concerns, you can call the clinic or ask the Radiologist prior to the procedure.
What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a procedure that provides real-time X-ray imaging that is especially useful for guiding a variety of diagnosing and interventional procedures. A fluoroscopy-guided injections involve injecting medicine directly into a joint.