MRI Arthrography

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • We have five world-class bone radiologists who perform orthopedic imaging.
  • We use state-of-the-art equipment to image joints.
  • Our radiologists work closely with our sports medicine doctors to provide quality care.

Problems in the knees, shoulders, hips and other joints where two bones meet can be tricky to diagnose from physical exams or more simple imaging scans. At Yale Medicine, our radiologists are skilled at using direct MRI arthrography, a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for this purpose.

With MRI arthrography, a contrast agent is injected directly into the affected joint, guided by fluoroscopy (a low-dose form of X-ray) to ensure the accuracy of the injection, followed by MRI imaging. The contrast material allows for clearer images of the tendons, ligaments and cartilage in the affected area.

At Yale Medicine, we have decades of experience with MRI, a seasoned and dedicated team and state-of-the-art equipment, including components specifically dedicated to the imaging of the knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips.