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MRI of the Shoulder

Posted Oct 12 2010 7:37pm

MRI of the shoulder renders a highly accurate image of the shoulder joint and surrounding areas for detailed medical examination.

MRI of the shoulder is regarded as the best non-invasive way of studying any problem with the bone, muscles and tendons in the region.

Hi Resolution Cross Sectional Imaging

The modern diagnostic modality has come a long way from X-rays and CT scans. Modern MRI makes use of a highly powerful magnet and radio waves to generate multiple hi resolution 3-D images of the shoulder area and the surrounding muscles, joint and tissues. MRI of the shoulder is commonly used to detect the following conditions:

  • Disorders in the rotator cuff
  • Infection or abscess
  • Arthritis
  • Labral tears
  • Bone tumors
  • Worsening shoulder pain
  • Decreased motion of shoulder joint
  • Weakness of shoulder
  • Torn tendons or ligaments

The procedural time may vary but it generally takes 30 to 60 minutes at the most with no downtime. For some patients, a contrast agent may be administered to see the region more clearly.

There are no side effects or complications that can arise as the scan is free from radiation. MRI is considered to be one of the safest patient friendly diagnostic modalities available today. However, there are certain limitations – people with pacemakers or metallic implants in their body may not be eligible for scan as the powerful magnet can pose a potential risk.

Quick Results for Timely Treatment

MRI of the shoulder scan results can be obtained in a relatively short period of time, thereby allowing physicians to treat patients without delay. Currently, many hospitals and healthcare facilities promote the use of open MRI as it is technologically advanced and has far greater benefits over traditional MRI. Moreover, it is ideal for children and those who are claustrophobic.

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