The MRI of the sternoclavicular joint is an imaging procedure used to aid diagnosis of the abnormalities of the joint and the soft tissue around it.
What is MRI Sternoclavicular Joint?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, it is used on the sternoclavicular joint to scan for abnormalities.
The sternoclavicular joint is where the clavicle, or collarbone, meets the sternum, or breastbone1. The MRI of the sternoclavicular with contrast gives better images. The contrast helps the MRI images in this case, image the soft tissue better and hence gives better images. The MRI images are then used to detect the source of inflammation, abnormalities, or fractures2.
The following section discusses the MRI sternoclavicular procedure.
How is MRI Sternoclavicular Joint performed?
MRI sternoclavicular joint is a simple procedure and following are the steps involved:
- The radiologist will ask you to lay on the MRI table and asked to stay very still.
- You may be asked to change positions during consecutive scans.
- You will be moved through the MRI machine.
- You may be asked to wait after the first round of imaging in case additional images are needed. .
The whole MRI procedure can take a maximum of 45 minutes.
Side effects/risks of MRI Sternoclavicular Joint
Since the MRI sternoclavicular joint procedure doesn’t involve the use of radiation or contrast with iodine there aren’t any side-effects associated with the procedure. Still, it is advised to contact your doctor if you feel abnormal.
Preparation before performing MRI Sternoclavicular Joint
Following steps should be observed as preparation before the MRI sternoclavicular Joint procedure:
- Remove all metal accessories and piercings from your body before the MRI.
- Inform your doctor or radiologist about any implants you have.
- Claustrophobic patients should inform their doctor before the test so that they can be given relaxants before the MRI sternoclavicular joint procedure.
Post-care after MRI Sternoclavicular Joint
You may resume your daily activities after the MRI sternoclavicular joint procedure because the procedure doesn’t require any post care. Inform your doctor however if any abnormality arises.
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