What to Expect During an Arthrogram

Arthrograms are used to assess joint problems, usually shoulder and knee issues. Arhtrograms may combine X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to create images.

Before Your Arthrogram

You may need to bring in copies of other studies you've had done. Let your healthcare provider know if you are or may be pregnant, if you have allergies or if you have any bleeding problems or take blood thinners, including aspirin.

During Your Arthrogram

Contrast fluid is injected into your joint and X-ray images are taken. Your doctor may then move your joint or have you exercise the joint before more X-rays are taken. If needed, an MRI or CT scan will follow your X-rays.

After Your Arthrogram

Let your doctor know if you have any pain or swelling more than two days after your exam or if you have a fever. Contact your doctor to discuss your results.