An Arthrogram is an imaging study used to assess your joint problem. It is also used to inject medications for pain management. Contrast fluid/medication is injected into the joint being studied, then an x-ray or MRI is used to create images.
- 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 test, it will follow the x-rays.
- The procedure itself can take one to two hours.
- Arrive 15-30 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 any blood thinner (Coumadin, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Lovenox, Plavix), you need to stop it four to five days prior to your exam and inform your doctor. Arrive 45 minutes prior to your test appointment for blood work (PT/PTT).