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Overview Brief

The MRI SI Joint with Contrast helps in diagnosing Sacroiliac joint dysfunction by using magnets and radio frequencies.

What is MRI SI Joint with Contrast?

The MRI SI Joint with Contrast makes use of contrast dye to highlight the soft tissues in the joints. It helps in finding out the reason for severe lower back pain in adults.

An MRI SI Joint with Contrast gives a detailed image of the joints and the tissues around it. One can see any inflammation of the joints, any infection in the area, and more with the procedure and figure out if the patient has SI joint dysfunction.

The MRI SI Joint with Contrast is recommended to the patients when the physical examination doesn’t reveal anything. [1]

How is MRI SI Joint with Contrast performed?

The MRI SI Joint with Contrast test is performed as follows:

  • The patient lies down with a spine coil and body coil placed on their pelvis.
  • The patient is injected with the dye.
  • The patient’s asked not to move and images are taken.

The anterior superior iliac spine of the patient is scanned in the process. [2]

Side effects/risks of MRI SI Joint with Contrast

Following are the risks of an MRI SI Joint with Contrast:

  • The MRI machine can stop the working of a heart pacemaker.
  • Contrast dye is harmful to patients with kidney disease.
  • Patients with claustrophobia may have issues.

Preparation before performing MRI SI Joint with Contrast

To prepare for an MRI SI Joint with Contrast, the following steps must be taken:

  • At least four to six hours before the test, one needs to fast.
  • Discuss your medical history with the radiologist thoroughly before the procedure. [3]

Post-care after MRI SI Joint with Contrast

The patient needs to drink a lot of fluids after the MRI SI Joint with Contrast procedure to get rid of the contrast dye from their system.

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