An arthrogram is the use of fluoroscopy to evaluate conditions of the joints. It involves an injection of contrast and fluoroscopy to examine the soft tissue structures of the joint.

Arthrograms are often done in combination with an MRI or CT study following the injection.

The Day of Your Arthrogram and How to Prepare

Our staff will inform you of any preparation instructions and your appointment check-in time prior to your exam. A technologist will bring you into the procedure room, answer any questions you may have and prepare the area of injection.

Using image-guidance, the radiologist will first locate the area to inject. The first injection will be local anesthetic to numb the skin and reduce discomfort. This is followed by the second injection of the contrast agent.

You may experience some swelling or discomfort after the injection. Rest the joint for 12 hours. Apply ice for swelling and take over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aleve for pain. Report persistent symptoms to our clinic.

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