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MRI Left Knee With Contrast

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  1. Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
  2. You may have to remove your jewelry and any metal objects which might interfere with the image.
  3. Get the blood urea and creatinine test done to evaluate kidney function and to ensure safety of contrast before taking up the procedure.
  4. Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.

Overview


What is MRI Left Knee With Contrast?

An MRI of the knee joint is used to visualise the bones of the knee joint along with the surrounding soft tissues like the cartilages, tendons, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels. The knee joint includes the lower end of the upper leg bone (femur), the upper end of the lower leg bones (the tibia and fibula), the kneecap (patella), and the surrounding soft tissues. The MRI scan uses strong magnetic and radio waves to create detailed and clear multiple images of the knee joint. Multiple images are captured during the MRI scan which can be stored on an electronic device and then further printed on a film. The whole MRI scan procedure takes about 40-60 minutes. You may be asked to take an oral solution of the radio-contrast agent or be given the same in an injectable form for better images of the internal body structures in the MRI scan.

Why is MRI Left Knee With Contrast done?

  1. To diagnose any fracture of the bones that form the knee joint
  2. To diagnose suspected osteoporosis or deformities of the bones of this joint
  3. To diagnose any infection or abnormal growth of the bones or the soft tissues of this joint
  4. To diagnose any suspected arthritis or dislocation of the elbow joint
  5. To diagnose any injury to the soft tissues like ligaments, tendons or the surrounding muscles

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MRI Left Knee With Contrast


Frequently Asked Questions about MRI Left Knee With Contrast

Q. What are the drawbacks of a bone X-ray?
X-ray images give a very clear view of the bones. However, it does not provide a good visual image of the soft tissues like tendons, muscles or fat tissue under the skin. Even the bone microfractures or complicated spine injuries are not clearly visible on the X Ray images. Apart from this, it also exposes the patient to some amount of radiations but the benefit of the information gained from an X-ray image outweighs the risk of radiations.
Q. Who interprets the X-ray results?
The interpretation of an X-Ray image is carried out by a radiologist who analyses or reads the X-ray image and prepares a report of the findings which is shared with the patient.

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