Elbow MRI

(ORDO NEWS) — Tomography is a safe and painless technique, for its implementation a special apparatus is used – a tomograph. It works due to the generated magnetic field and allows you to examine the condition of cartilage, ligaments and muscles.

Recommendations to do an MRI of the elbow joint are given by the doctor, the goal is to establish a diagnosis, conduct treatment at an early stage of the development of the disease. The technique is more informative than CT and X-ray.

Why is it worth getting an MRI of the elbow joint?

During the study, it is possible to obtain accurate data on the condition of tendons, blood vessels, bones, cartilage, muscle fibers.

The benefits also include:

  • Harmlessness for the researched
  • The ability to timely identify different types of tumors
  • It is possible to visualize pathologies, their location and level of distribution
  • No restrictions on the number of studies
  • Rehabilitation and preparation are not needed

When should you have an MRI of your elbow?

Usually, the referral is issued by the attending physician, diagnostics are performed separately or in combination with other types of research

Indications include:

  • The need to verify the correctness of the proposed diagnosis
  • The presence of a formation with an incomprehensible origin in the area under consideration
  • Inflammation, soreness, problems with movement in the elbow area
  • Various types of injuries, including fractures
  • Elbow soreness that does not go away for a long time

Contraindications for the study

Although the technique is safe, some people are forced to look for alternatives. This includes patients with metal parts in their bodies: prostheses, pins, implants, hearing aids, and so on.

Also, difficulties in conducting the study are present in people suffering from hyperkinesis. There are limitations with the fear of confined spaces.

Women in the 1st trimester of pregnancy face time constraints. If you need to use contrast, then you should also consider the possibility of allergies. This diagnostic format is not allowed for heart or kidney failure, weighing more than 120 kg.

What diagnoses and assumptions are based on MRI?

The procedure can show a significant number of diseases and abnormalities. The latest generation equipment provides high definition images. Including you can see:

  • Abscess
  • Bursitis
  • Cracks or fractures
  • Cysts
  • Tissue infections
  • Arthrosis, arthritis
  • Synovitis
  • Ulnar nerve injuries and other dangerous conditions that require treatment

Preparatory activities

Before the examination, it is recommended to free your hand and change into medical clothes; there are no dietary restrictions.

If a contrast is used, then you should not eat 5 hours before the administration of the substance, there are also restrictions on drinking. The doctor will give a referral for allergy tests, it is important to report the presence of allergies or chronic diseases, the likelihood of pregnancy.

Performing an MRI

Both open and closed equipment are suitable for research, but the latter option is more informative. The patient should sit on a sliding table in the position recommended by the doctor, fixation is performed.

If necessary, a contrast solution is introduced. Next, the table will be moved inside the equipment, the presence of noise is the norm, the specialist will keep in touch from the next room.

For this, a microphone is used. The contrast may cause nausea and slight dizziness. The study takes no more than 1 hour. Next, decryption is performed, the results are displayed.


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