What happens during an Arthrogram?
You will be asked to lie down and the skin over the joint being examined will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Following this, a local anesthetic may be injected into the skin to numb the area where the contrast medium will be injected. You may feel a slight stinging sensation. Then using ultrasound, a needle will be placed into the joint and after ensuring the needle is in the right place, the contrast medium will be injected into the joint. The injection may be accompanied by a feeling of fullness in the joint but should not be painful. Following the injections, you will be taken to the MRI suite where the scan of the joint will be performed.