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MRI Left Arm With Contrast

MRI Left Arm With Contrast is a technique to learn about the deformities or anomalies of the left arm.

What is MRI Left Arm With Contrast?

MRI left arm (with contrast) is a medical imaging test that produces images of the left arm with the help of strong magnet and radio waves.

  • MRI left arm with contrast is performed to examine and diagnose diseases, fractures, and damage to the arm.
  • The MR images help physicians to evaluate changes in the structure of the left arm.
  • The contrast material is either injected into the joint or bloodstream, where it gets absorbed.

MRI left arm with contrast works better in determining injuries and pain of the arm as compared to other imaging tests.

How is MRI left arm with contrast performed?

MRI left arm with contrast is performed in the following way:

  • The patient is well-placed on an examination table in a patient gown.
  • A contrast material is injected into the joint space for clearer images.
  • The duration of the MRI exam varies from 30 minutes to an hour or more.

The patient can be given a sedative before the MRI exam.

Side Effects/Risks of MRI left arm with contrast

With MRI, there is no risk of radiation. However, other risks involved with MRI left arm with contrast involve: 

  • Risk of interference with pacemakers and other implants.
  • Risk of reaction to kidney patients from gadolinium.
  • A certain risk for pregnant women who are in their first trimester.

Preparation before performing MRI left arm with contrast

Preparation for MRI left arm with contrast includes:

  • Unless a sedative is given to the patient, he/she can eat and drink as usual.
  • Any health issues or medication has to be reported to the doctor, along with the use of any implantable devices.
  • Any metallic devices, piercings, accessories and jewelry are to be removed to avoid interfering with the magnetic field.

Post-care after MRI left arm with contrast

After the MRI exam, the patient is expected to:

  • Get up slowly from the scanner table.
  • Take rest for some time and look out for signs like lightheadedness or allergic reactions.

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