About MRI Bone and Joint:
MRI performed outside of a hospital is a private service and is not reimbursed by Alberta Health. An MRI of the joints provides images of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage on any joint. Some typical abnormalities include tears and build-up of fluid. Other conditions that can be diagnosed with MRI include tumors, inflammatory disease, hereditary abnormalities, and bone marrow disease. We offer MRI Arthrogram, where the internal contents of the joints can be visualized using contrast injected into the joint. This procedure starts at $550.00.
What to Expect:
- Upon being checked in, a technologist will go over a safety questionnaire with you to determine whether you are a safe candidate for exposure to the MRI.
- Once we establish your eligibility for the exam, you will be given a gown to change into and taken into the MRI room.
- We will provide you with ear protection to soften the noise of the MRI machine as well as a special camera to go over the area of interest.
- You will then be positioned on the scanning table and the area of interest will be centered in the magnetic tunnel.
- Your exam may also require contrast to provide us with optimal images. In that case, a technologist with insert and IV line into a vein in your hand or arm and inject the contrast material. You may feel a cooling sensation.
- This exam takes approximately 30 minutes. During this time the technologist can hear and see you.
- All MRI exams require you to be very still in order to take good images.
No special preparation is needed, although you may need to have an x-ray of your eyes if you’ve worked with metal grinders or welding in the past. If you suffer from claustrophobia, talk to your doctor about obtaining a mild sedative before coming for your exam.