An arthrogram is an exam used to obtain images of a joint in order to diagnose small defects in the soft tissue of the joints. Arthrograms may be performed on the hip, shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist or ankle. MRI arthrograms combine fluoroscopy and images from MRI to find the cause of joint pain. For more information on MRI arthrograms, click here.
At the time your appointment is scheduled, you will be instructed to go to the Main Pavilion or the Sweetwater Pavilion. When you enter, go to the Information Desk and our staff will gladly direct you from there.
Arrival times vary based on the type of MRI that will be performed. If you are not sure of your time of arrival, please call 281-274-7170 to clarify for your specific test.
The injection of the contrast dye may cause discomfort, but this is minimized by the use of a local anesthetic.
Risks associated with MRI are involved for pregnant patients or patients with certain implants. A technologist will ask about any implants the patient may have.
A board certified radiologist will interpret your exam. Legally, the technologist cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report with the results will be sent to your physician within two to three business days. Please check with your physician’s office to discuss the results.