An arthrogram is an imaging study that is used to find problems inside your shoulder joints. Contrast fluid is injected into the joint to “highlight” the joint being studied. Then pictures of the area are taken using X-ray and MRI. There is some risk of pain and infection that the technologists will discuss with you. The exam should take 1 to 2 hours.
How Should I Prepare for the Procedure?
There is no prep required for this procedure.
What Are Some Common Reasons for the Procedure?
- Joint tear
- Shoulder separation
For Your Safety, Be Sure to Inform the Technologists Of:
- Your allergies
- Bleeding problems
- Pregnancy or possible pregnancy
- Any previous surgeries
- Any medications you are taking (blood thinners, aspirin, etc…)
After Your Exam
You may experience some stiffness in your joint until the contrast has evacuated the joint space. Drinking extra water, juice or other clear fluids will help flush the contrast from your body. If you have any pain, swelling or fever, please let your doctor know.