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MRI Both Hip Joints With Contrast is an advanced imaging procedure that is done using a magnetic field, radio waves, and computer programs. MRI with contrast provides clear pictures of the soft tissues and bones at the hip joints.

What is MRI Both Hip Joints With Contrast?

MRI Both Hip Joints With Contrast is a scan that helps orthopedics to have a clear view of the Hip Joints. The use of contrast improves the quality of images as it differentiates the blood vessels from the surrounding soft tissue. It is useful to evaluate the muscles and tendons in the hip.It is useful in the diagnosis of hip pain, tumors, injury and infection in the hip area. (1)

How is MRI Both Hip Joints With Contrast Performed?

It is a painless procedure. The process involves

  • Patient has to lie on the MRI examination table.
  • Gadolinium contrast is injected into the hip joint.
  • The examination table will slide into the magnetic field of the MRI.
  • Patient has to lie still while the MRI scanner produces clear images of the hip joints.

It takes around 45 minutes and is usually performed in sequences.

Side-effects

It is a safe procedure as it does not use x-rays. Some rare complications include

  • Allergic reaction and kidney damage caused by the contrast.
  • Risk of excessive sedation.

Preparation

The prior preparation involves

  • Inform the doctor about medical history and allergies.
  • Notify the Radiologist, if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and remove jewelry and other metal objects before entering the MRI area.
  • Discuss the use of medications before the procedure with the doctor.

Post-care

Patients who have undergone the MRI do not require much post-care after the scan.

  • Consume plenty of liquids to flush out the contrast.
  • Report any signs of allergy to the doctor.
  • Nursing mothers may be asked not to breastfeed for a day after the procedure.
  • Patients can return home and resume their normal routine after the test.
  • Patients who had sedation are placed under observation for some time.

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