When is an MRI of the Shoulder Needed?
To examine fractured bones, we use x-rays. But, we use MRI to examine the components within the joint and the soft tissues between the bones.
If a tear is present within the shoulder joint, the MRI can provide details on the severity of the tear. Is this a partial tear or a complete tear?
What is a Shoulder MRI?
MRI is usually performed to distinguish normal tissues from injured or pathologic tissues.
How to Prepare Ahead of Time:
- aneurysm clips
- auditory hearing implants
- internal wires or electrodes
- implanted pumps or ports
- surgical mesh
- any coils
- or filters
Many cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators are not compatible with MRI. Some of the newer devices are so it is important to know from your surgeon and the manufacturer what kind you have.
If you have any of the following please let us know ahead of time;
- body or face/ makeup tattooing
- permanent piercings (may limit you from having the MRI)
- If you are a current or prior metal worker, we may ask you to have an x-before performing the MRI.
How is a Shoulder MRI Performed?
What if You are Claustrophobic?
Your head will be near the end of the magnet so you can see out. The MRI technologist will be checking in with you through the entire exam. She can make any adjustments to make you more comfortable.
How do I get my Results?
Please inform us of any prior examinations elsewhere to ensure a faster comparison.