Arthrogram using image guidance

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Learn about MRI arthrograms, what they do and why your child would need one.

Key points

  • A MRI arthrogram is a two-part diagnostic imaging study.
  • Contrast dye is injected into a joint by an interventional radiologist using fluoroscopy.
  • You child will receive a local anesthetic at the site of injection to minimize pain and discomfort.
  • An MRI scan will take place after the dye is injected into the joint.
  • Arthrograms are usually considered low-risk procedures.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form before the procedure.
  • Be calm and honest, and tell your child what to expect. Children feel less nervous and scared when they are given information about what will happen to them.
Last updated: March 31st 2016