Shoulder Arthrogram

What is an MRI Shoulder Arthrogram?

An MRI shoulder arthrogram will give a high-quality image of the inside of the shoulder joint that will assess cartilage and ligaments. Prior to the exam, one of our radiologists will inject contrast and anesthetic into your shoulder. This will aid in providing a higher-quality image of inside the joint.

When a shoulder MRI is combined with a joint injection (an arthrogram) this makes the test even better, especially for assessment of cartilage and ligaments.


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

Multiple MRI Sequences For Detailed Analysis of the Shoulder

Time: 75 min
Cost: $1250
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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.