Private MR Arthrogram Scan
We are a leading provider of MR Arthrogram services across the UK. Our expert Consultant Radiologists use arthrography as a useful diagnostic tool to get a more detailed picture of the inside of your joint.
An MR Arthrogram is an in-depth diagnostic examination that tests the inside of a joint (e.g. shoulder, knee, wrist, ankle) to determine whether you have an injury or any cause for your symptoms.
The method is divided into two parts. The first step involves injecting a contrast medium, generally directly into the joint, highlighting the soft tissue structures within, such as ligaments and cartilage. This makes them easier to view images to make a more accurate diagnosis. The second part is an MRI scan of your joint shortly after your injection to provide high contrast, cross sectional images through the joint.
A fixed price per appointment.
Locations across the UK
MR Arthrogram scans are available at Waterloo.
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What is an MR Arthrogram scan?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging which is a way of taking pictures inside the body without using x-rays. An MRI scan is a safe and painless procedure.
An MR Arthrogram (an MRA) is a diagnostic MRI technique used to assess the condition of a joint after it has been injected with a solution, most commonly containing gadolinium (sometimes referred to as a contrast agent or "dye"). It is most commonly used to look inside the hip, shoulder, knee, wrist, elbow or ankle. A contrast solution is injected into the joint area to highlight several joint structures.
The scan will be carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent pain from the area where the dye is injected into your joint. An X-Ray or Ultrasound scan will be used to ensure the dye is injected into the correct place.
It is recommended you don’t drive immediately following the MRI scan and that you make alternative arrangements to get home.
Price only £695
To diagnose joints such as the knee, wrist, elbow, shoulder and hip, imaging equipment will be used to create detailed images detailing the inside section of the joint.
There are two processes involved in an MR Arthrogram appointment:
- The first step of an arthrogram is where the MRI contrast agent will be injected into your joint.
- The second step is an MRI scan of your joint.
Vista Health have experienced radiologists that will perform the procedure ahead of the MRA scan and report on the findings in a clinical report. Your referrer can then plan treatment and recovery based on the scan diagnosis. We aim to deliver all reports to your referrer within 3 working days.
Important: The report will come from a security email software called Mimecast.
*Includes a full written report within 3 working days*
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Why would you need an MR Arthrogram scan?
Throughout your referral pathway, our friendly and knowledgeable team will determine whether an MR Arthrogram scan is the right course of action for you. If you suffer with any of the following an MR Arthrogram scan may be the best way to diagnose an illness and ensure you then receive the best care possible.
An MR Arthrogram may be used to determine a possible abnormality that may have been detected with an MRI scan.
Assess joint conditions
An MR Arthrogram scan is used to diagnose and treat joint pain or joint injury related to the knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip or ankle. It provides a clear image of the soft joint tissues.
Highlight joint structures
Contrast material inserted into the joint can highlight smaller joint structures more extensively.
It can help to determine whether a certain injury expands outside of a single joint.
Frequently asked questions
If you have any questions then please contact our friendly and knowledgeable Patient Care team on 0333 242 6887 or have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below to answer any concerns you may have about having an MR Arthrogram scan with Vista Health.
What is an MR Arthrogram?
An MR Arthrogram is a diagnostic procedure used to assess the condition of a joint, such as Gadolinium is injected into the joint to provide a clear image of the soft tissue (ligaments and cartilage) to make an accurate diagnosis of an injury or joint pain.
Arthrogram scans are carried out by our Consultant Radiologists, which ensures you receive the highest quality of care.
Why may I need an MR Arthrogram?
Arthrography may be formed:
- Detect abnormalities
- Search for damage from repeated joint dislocations
- Highlight smaller joint structures more extensively
- Determine whether a certain injury expands outside of a single joint
- Examine prosthetic joints
- Identify problems in the soft tissues of the joints, including tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and joint capsules
- Check for loose bodies
What is the difference between an MRI and an arthrogram?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) creates detailed and accurate images of the human body through a magnetic field and radio waves, without the use of radiation.
MRI provides a detailed look at most body structures including soft tissues, whereas an Arthrogram uses fluoroscopy and an MRI to specifically diagnose injuries in the joint structures that an MRI would not detect. MRI scans can be carried out with contrast, while an Arthrogram has a contrast needle guided directly into the injured joint.
An arthrogram is a concentrated image of the joint infused directly using a contrast medium or dye. Specifically, an Arthrogram scan is useful for the joints, especially the shoulders, hips, knees, and sometimes the wrist and ankles. Additional information will be obtained by this advanced examination to help detect several forms of tears and fractures around the joints of the body.
What are typical Arthrogram examinations?
Common examinations include:
How can I book an MR Arthrogram scan?
We understand that you may wish to discuss this with a family member or a friend before booking an appointment, so we have put together a printable MR Arthrogram summary sheet for your convenience.
If you do not have Adobe PDF reader installed then you can download it here.
MR ARTHROGRAM LOCATIONS
Convenient locations in London and across the UK
Vista Health is a leading UK healthcare specialist provider specialising in diagnostic services for the private healthcare market. Helping clinicians and patients to start the health journey sooner.
Interested in an MR Arthrogram?
To book or enquire about an MR Arthrogram then please contact us via the form below, or alternatively call us and speak directly to one of our experienced staff. We are here to help.
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