The shoulder is a complex connection of bones forming a number of joints between the shoulder blade, arm, and clavicle. Our shoulders give us a wide range of motion, but also make our bodies more susceptible to injury. At Midstate Radiology Associates, our team can evaluate the cause of your shoulder pain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Through this technology, we can identify abnormalities in the bones, tendons, ligaments, labrum, muscles and blood vessels of the shoulder joint.
What Is a Shoulder MRI?
An MRI uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of the body. During this medical test for the shoulder, your upper body enters a scanner tube. Images are produced and then analyzed by our radiologists to diagnosis your condition.
Who Should Have This Procedure?
If you experienced a sports injury or have unexplained discomfort in your shoulder, an MRI can provide a clear view within the joint. This procedure can uncover several shoulder conditions, like arthritis, rotator cuff disorders, ligament or tendon tears and tissue swelling.
What Can You Expect?
Although MRIs are painless, some patients feel uncomfortable in the scanner tube. During a shoulder MRI, only your upper body is enclosed. If you experience claustrophobia, talk to your doctor prior to scheduling your MRI exam. Ask your doctor about special food and drink guidelines, as these can vary by MRI. On exam day, you will change into a metal free gown for the MRI. Inform the doctor of your pregnancy.
Does magnetic resonance imaging of the shoulder sound like the right procedure for you? Contact us to make an appointment today!