An Arthrogram involves taking specialised x-rays of a joint (usually knee or shoulder). Arthrograms use the injection of an x-ray contrast to enhance the structures of the joint.  You may be referred for an arthrogram in the diagnosis and management of joint conditions. This examination could be used in conjunction with CT, MRI or Ultrasound. Reasons for the arthrogram can be varied you need to speak to your referring doctor about your individual case.

The Procedure

  • A member of staff will explain the procedure and answer any questions that you may have.
  • You may be required to remove some clothing prior to the exam and wear an x-ray gown.
  • An area around the joint that will be examined will be cleaned with antiseptic and a local anaesthetic will be injected into the skin to numb the area.
  • A needle will then be placed into the joint space and x-ray contrast is injected.
  • Several images of the joint will then be taken.
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