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MRI of the Shoulder

A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the shoulder to further examine the structures within the shoulder joint, including bones, tendons, muscles, and vessels.

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 shoulder.

An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers what tissue is normal, and what tissue is not.

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 Shoulder MRI:

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

A shoulder 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 Shoulder MRI may help diagnose (find):

A MRI of the shoulder may find tumors, growths or lumps involving the shoulder joint. It can also help healthcare providers to find infections.

A shoulder MRI may show fractures, joint abnormalities due to trauma, or sports or work related injuries caused by recurring strain.

A MRI of the shoulder allows your healthcare provider to observe and monitor unexplained shoulder pain, decreased motion of the shoulder, as well as progress after shoulder surgery.

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