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Arthrography Examines Joints

Arthrography is an examination of a bone joint and involves injecting a contrast material. A special X-ray process called fluoroscopy allows the radiologist to see the internal organs in motion. Contrast is injected into the joint space and shows up as bright white, which allows the radiologist to examine and assess the structure and function of the joint.

Why is Arthrography used?

Arthrography is used to detect problems with the following joints:

  • Shoulder
  • Wrist
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle

What can you expect from an
Arthrography examination?

  • The examination does not require a hospital stay. It is most commonly done on an outpatient basis.
  • No special preparation is necessary.
  • Tell you doctor about all your medications and if you have an allergy to the contrast material.
  • The examination takes 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Swelling and discomfort of the joint is common for 48 hours or less.
  • A radiologist will read the results and inform your ordering physician, who will share the results with you.

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