Bone MRI

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MRI of Bones and Joints

A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of bones or joints to identify the cause of any pain or discomfort in the given area. An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers if there are any abnormalities with your bones or joints.

A MRI allows your healthcare provider to see the soft tissues in your body in addition to the bone, which allows them to see all elements of the area that may have been injured.

A MRI of bones and joints show detailed images of bones, cartilage, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, and ligaments, which allows your healthcare provider to identify where the source of the pain is located and what further damage it has caused or is causing.

A quality MRI scan can show radiologists what may be causing your signs and symptoms and it’s important that you find the best machines and radiologists possible to receive the best imaging.

Reasons for a Bone or Joint MRI:

A MRI scan of the bone or joint can identify the cause for decreased motion or increased pain of a particular joint.

A bone or joint MRI scan may be done to check for certain cancers or other illness. The MRI may show tissue that has cancer cells and tissue that does not have cancer cells.

A MRI scan of the bone or joint can show healthcare providers how well a treatment for a disease is working and the results of a quality MRI scan can help in the plan for the best treatment forward.

A Bone or Joint MRI may help diagnose (find):

A MRI of the bone or joint may allow physicians to find problems such as infections or fluid buildups in the joints.

A bone or joint MRI can be used to help doctors identify damaged cartilage, ligaments, tendon, or meniscus. It can also help physicians diagnose and treat bone arthritis, bone fractures, or any other degenerative bone or joint disorders.

A bone or joint MRI can show help identify bone marrow problems or bone tumors.

A MRI of the bone or joint may also indicate whether or not a bone is broken if the X-ray results do not come out clear enough.

Getting a MRI:

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