An Arthrogram is an imaging study used to assess your joint problem, in which contrast fluid/medication is injected into the joint being studied, then X-rays, CT, or MRI are used to create images. It may also be used to inject medications for pain management.
- X-rays of your joint are taken.
- The skin around the joint is cleaned and then covered with drapes.
- The area around your joint is numbed.
- Contrast fluid/medication is injected into your joint.
- X-rays are again taken.
- If you need an MRI or CT test, it will follow the x-rays.
- The procedure itself can take one to two hours.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given you one.
- Bring a list of your current medications.
- If you are currently taking a blood thinner (Coumadin, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Lovenox, Plavix), or one of the newer biologic blood thinners, please notify your screening location.
- If you are taking a medication prior to the MRI portion of the exam such as Xanax or Valium, please wait to take it until arriving for the Arthrogram appointment.
- Notify the department in advance if you tend to be frightened by tightly confined spaces as in elevators, small examination rooms, and other similar circumstances; we may have to find alternatives to perform the exam or we may have to give medication ahead of the procedure.