The knee connects our upper thigh and lower leg. As a weight-bearing joint, our knees can be more vulnerable to injury than other body parts. At Midstate Radiology Associates, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one method we use to identify the cause of knee pain. MRI can reveal damage to the bones, tendons, muscles, and blood vessels of the knee joint.
What Is a Knee MRI?
MRI produces comprehensive images within the body, using a magnetic field, radio waves, and connected computer. Our radiologists can analyze these pictures for signs of damaged cartilage, bone fractures, mortendon, ligament, and meniscal tearse. During a knee MRI, the lower part of your body is introduced into a large scanner tube. Following this procedure, our radiologists can accurately diagnose your knee condition.
Who Should Have This Procedure?
If you are an athlete who suffered a knee injury on the field, MRI is an effective way to get to the root of the problem. For those who do not know the cause of their knee pain, an MRI can also be a valuable medical test.
What Can You Expect?
Full body MRIs can cause some patients to experience feelings of claustrophobia. During a knee MRI, only part of the body enters the scanner tube, yet patients can experience symptoms of claustrophobia. Please make your doctor aware of your claustrophobia prior to scheduling your MRI. Prior to the MRI, food and drink limitations are not common, but be sure to check with your doctor. On exam day, you will change into a metal free gown for the MRI. Inform the doctor of your pregnancy.
If a knee MRI sounds like the procedure for you, contact us to make an appointment today!