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Overview Brief

MRI Both Shoulder Joint With Contrast is a diagnostic imaging test of the shoulder joints.

What is MRI Both Shoulder Joint With Contrast?

It is a non-invasive procedure that aids in getting clear images of the internal structures of the shoulder joint. It aids in the diagnosis of degenerative joint diseases, bone fractures, injuries, dislocation of shoulder joints, decreased range of motions, infection, and tumors. (1)

How is MRI Both Shoulder Joint With Contrast Performed?

MRI Both Shoulder Joint With Contrast is an outpatient procedure.

  • Patient has to lie down on the movable examination table. An IV is inserted to inject contrast.
  • The examination table slides inside the magnetic field of the MRI scanner, which takes a series of images.
  • Gadolinium contrast is injected through the IV.
  • Another set of images is produced as the contrast passes through the shoulder joint.

The scan is a painless procedure; patients will experience a slight nip when the IV is inserted.

Side-effects

The MRI is comparatively safe as it does not use radiation.

  • Allergy and kidney damage caused by the contrast dye.
  • Some medical implants containing metal can malfunction during the MRI.
  • Patients may suffer from anxiety because of the loud noises.
  • Bruising and pain at the site of IV.

Preparation

It is a pre-scheduled test, which does not require hospitalization. Preparation before the procedure includes

  • Inform the Radiologist if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Notify the doctor or radiologist, if you have any implants.
  • Discuss medical history and allergies with the doctor.
  • Follow the guidelines about food and medications
  • Wear comfortable clothes without metal zippers, belts, and buttons.
  • Remove all jewellery and metal items.

Post-care

This procedure quires very little post-care.

  • Patients can go home immediately after the procedure.
  • Follow the instructions of the doctor about taking medications and food after the test.
  • Nursing mothers should not breastfeed until a day after the test.
  • Consume lots of water to eliminate the contrast from the body.
  • Pay close attention to signs of allergy to the contrast and report them to the doctor.

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