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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. The contrast in this MRI is used to highlight areas that may be difficult to observe.

What is MRI Sternoclavicular With Contrast?

MRI of the sternoclavicular joint uses contrast to scan abnormalities which might not be detected in a normal MRI of the sternoclavicular joint.

The sternoclavicular joint is where the clavicle, or collarbone, meets the sternum, or breastbone1. The MRI of the sternoclavicular joint creates high-quality detailed cross-section images. The MRI images are then used to detect the source of inflammation, abnormalities, or fractures2. The imagining is done using magnetic energy and radio waves.

The following section discusses the procedure of MRI sternoclavicular with contrast.

How is MRI Sternoclavicular With Contrast performed?

Following are the steps of MRI sternoclavicular with contrast.

  • You will be given a contrast called gadolinium. It might be injected before or during the procedure.
  • The radiologist will ask you to lay on the MRI table, and during the course of the test, you may be asked to change positions.
  • 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. After this, your IV line will be removed (if there was any).

The whole procedure of the MRI of the sternoclavicular with contrast can take a maximum of 45 minutes

Side effects of MRI Sternoclavicular With Contrast

Since the MRI of the sternoclavicular with contrast 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 after the procedure.

Preparation before performing MRI Sternoclavicular With Contrast

Following are the steps prescribed before getting a sternoclavicular MRI with contrast done:

  • Before the MRI, talk to your doctor or radiologist and tell them about any health complications, or allergies to contrast materials, especially gadolinium medications.
  • Refrain from eating or drinking as prescribed before your sternoclavicular MRI with contrast.
  • Remove all metal accessories and piercings from your body before the neck MRI.
  • Inform your doctor or radiologist about any implants you might have.
  • Get tests done to ensure your kidney is healthy before the intake of contrast.
  • Claustrophobic patients should inform their doctor before the test so that they can be given relaxants before the MRI.

Post-care after MRI Sternoclavicular With Contrast

After the MRI of sternoclavicular with contrast one may resume normal activities.

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