Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique uses powerful magnetic field and radio waves to construct highly detailed internal body structure images.
What is MRI Left Hip Joint?
MRI is mainly used for looking at soft tissues and the nervous system . These include organs, muscles, tendons and blood vessels in many parts of the body. Hip bone MRI can diagnose early signs of arthritis, injuries to ligaments and can detect areas of swelling. Excessive load on hip joint due to physical activity, source of pain from nearby bone structures, or an injury to the bone can be detected by MRI of hip joint.
How is MRI Left Hip Joint performed?
An MRI machine could be large tube, short bore or open system.
- You will lie on a padded scanning table that slides into the MRI machine.
- You may receive an injection of the contrast dye called ‘gadolinium’, along with an IV in your arm. 
- The test creates strong magnetic field along with thumping and tapping sounds as it takes images.
- You will be required to remain perfectly still, due to the sensitivity of the machine to movement .
- The duration of the test could be 30 – 60 minutes.
During the scan, the technologist can communicate with you while you are inside the scanning tube.
Side effects/risks of MRI Left Hip Joint
MRI left hip joint is painless, unless contrast media is injected. Side effects of contrast media that are not common however may include:
● Cold feeling.
● Unpleasant taste in mouth.
You should consult with your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions.
Preparation before performing MRI Left Hip Joint
If you have implants done or insulin or chemotherapy pumps then you should consult doctor about having MRI scanning done.
- If you have claustrophobia and need MRI done in large tube, you will need to take anti-anxiety medication.
- In specific cases depending on your condition, you may need to clear your bowels prior to the scan, using laxatives and may need 4 – 6 hours fasting before the scan.
Post-care after MRI Left Hip Joint
You can resume your normal activity after MRI left hip joint with contrast, unless you experience any side effects.
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