Shoulder Arthrogram with Medication

What is an MRI Shoulder Arthrogram?

A Shoulder Arthrogram examination that involves the injection of medication assists helps pinpoint the cause of the pain by providing the patient with temporary relief, and can also be a an option if a non-surgical treatment is preferred.

Arthrogram Injections with Medication injections are requested in two situations. First when the cause of pain is uncertain and targeted injection of a medication might help to pinpoint the cause by providing temporary pain relief. Second, if the patient is interested in non-surgical treatment for symptom relief.


Complete Diagnostic MR Arthrogram of the Shoulder with Medication
(Injection of Contrast and Medication into the Shoulder prior to MRI)

Multiple MRI Sequences For Detailed Analysis of the Shoulder

Time: 75 min
Cost: $1,295
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Additional Information
Doctor Referral Required: Yes
Includes: Online Image Access, Radiologist Report
Structures Evaluated With This Exam:
  • Rotator Cuff Tendons and Muscles
  • Upper Biceps Tendons and Muscles
  • Shoulder Joint Bones
  • Other Stabilizing Structures of the Shoulder
Is Any Special Preparation Required?

No. You can eat and drink before your appointment.

If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative prior to your scheduled examination.
What Are The Risks of a Shoulder Arthrogram MRI?

Although the strong magnetic field is not harmful in itself, implanted medical devices that contain metal may malfunction or cause problems during an MRI exam.

There is a very small risk of developing an infection after injection of contrast. The chance of infection requiring antibiotic treatment is estimated to be less than one in 1,000.