Shoulder Pain – When Do You Need a Shoulder MRI

Shoulder Pain – When do you need a shoulder MRI?

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Imagine you’re lifting some heavy thing and lose your attention for a minute, what would you feel? Well, you’ll feel a sharp twinge in your shoulder which is surely very painful. Shoulder pain is quite common nowadays and is the most common presentation to an orthopedician. It warrants outer investigation if the pain interferes with your daily activities.

But do you really need a shoulder MRI or not is a big question. Look, if your shoulder pain gets disappeared then that’s better but if it’s not then you’ll surely need a shoulder MRI. Go for CT Scan in Gurgaon and let’s get to know the problems of shoulder. A visit to the orthopedic surgeon with shoulder examination assessing joint function if required follow it up with MRI.

What is shoulder MRI?

Shoulder MRI is a powerful medical tool to know about the issues related to the shoulders. It uses magnet and radio waves to capture images of your body’s internal structures.

  • This magnetic resonance imaging scan allow your doctor to see your bones and soft tissues of the body including ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. It is primarily used to access shoulder injuries.
  • Detailed MRI images allows doctors to examine your condition and in the determining the presence of the certain disease. The images can then be examined on the computer monitor, transmitted electronically, uploaded to a digital cloud server or copied to the CD.

One should know that this is just a scan and thus no surgical incision is involved in the same. Also, it doesn’t include ionizing radiations.

When do you need a shoulder MRI?

Common causes of shoulder pain:

  • Trauma
  • Degeneration
  • Infection
  • Tumor

Shoulder MRI is performed on recommendation of a orthopedician with a duly signed prescription.

It is mostly recommend to assess nature of injury requiring surgical intervention / patient not responding to regular therapy or other indication.

Clinical/ doctor mismatch being loud thumping noise for patient is made to wear muffles / headphones.

Patients who are claustrophobic the MRI can be performed under light anesthesia after due to consultation with anesthetists.

What should you expect from Shoulder MRI?

A should MRI is a non-invasive and painless scanning technique. It doesn’t make the use of any kind of radiation; however, in some cases, it may need a contrast dye which is injected in your bloodstream through an intravenous line.

Uses of Shoulder MRI:

The scan usually lasts for  20-45 min depending upon the type of scan. The patient is made to comfortably lie on a table. A coil is put on the shoulder to be examined.

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