This procedure is useful for the diagnosis of subtle joint abnormalities which may not be obvious in a standard MRI scan. MR arthrography allows the physician to better identify tears and provides patients with an accurate diagnosis to determine whether or not surgery is needed. MR arthrography involves the injection of contrast material into the joint and an MRI scan is performed immediately after the injection.


Patient referred for 3T MRI Arthrography of the shoulder for suspicion of labral injury. Injection of Gadolinium based contrast agent allowed for visualization of the labrum and subsequent diagnosis of posterior tear.

Common Applications:

  • Shoulder – SLAP lesion and labral tears
  • Hips – Labral tearsection
  • Wrists – TFCC tear, scapholunate ligament tear
  • Knees – Evaluation of the menisci

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