Users' questions

Does hip MRI require contrast?

Does hip MRI require contrast?

The hip MRI may require an injection of contrast. The contrast agent used by Elliot MRI is called Gadavist and requires that an IV be started in either your arm or hand. Your doctor and/or Radiologist will determine if you will need the contrast prior to the start of the exam.

What imaging is best for a labral tear?

Arthroscopy is considered the best method to diagnose a SLAP tear. Arthroscopy allows the most clear and detailed imaging, which a physical examination may not be accurate, and an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan could miss a small tear.

Will a hip labral tear show on MRI?

A “positive” MRI with contrast helps confirm the presence of the labrum tear and helps identify where the tear is located. However, it should be noted that hip labrum tears are difficult to image. In other words, the MRI with contrast may not show a tear even though it is present.

Does a MRI with contrast hurt?

An MRI with contrast is generally painless, but you may experience some discomfort with the IV or needle used to inject the dye. You will be placed on a table and positioned so that the scan will show the affected area most clearly.

What is a spine MRI with contrast?

A spine MRI with contrast is a magnetic resonance imaging test, which produces images of the spine to facilitate the diagnosis of medical conditions. The contrast material, which is commonly gadolinium , may be swallowed or injected to allow the doctor to more clearly detect potential problems.

Is contrast necessary for MRI?

Contrast-enhanced MRIs involve an injection of contrast agent to increase image sensitivity. An MRI without contrast is suitable for most conditions as long as extra detail isn’t required. An MRI machine uses the magnetic properties of particles in the body to form an image.

What should I expect from a hip MRI?

During a hip MRI, the patient is asked to lie very still in a tube-like structure as the test is performed. A loud, clanging noise may be heard throughout the test, as the magnets move to provide accurate imaging. The test is painless and completely non-invasive and usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes. An MRI machine is composed of three parts.