INDICATIONS: To assess internal joint structures in a person who cannot undergo MRI

 

REGIONS COVERED: Mainly shoulders and knees, but occasionally hips, wrists and elbows.

 

LIMITATIONS: It is generally accepted that CT arthrogram is inferior to MRI. These studies are performed primarily in patients that are unsuitable for MRI – those with pacemakers, stents or heart valve replacements that are not safe in an MRI scanner.

 

PREPARATION: Nil.

 

SCAN PROCEDURE: You will need to lie on the scanning bed. The technician will position you and electronically move the bed into position for your scan and doctor will then inject contrast into the joint specified by your doctor. You will then receive instructions via the intercom for the duration of the scan. The scan will take approximately 15 minutes.

 

POST PROCEDURE: There are no post procedure requirements.

 

RISK: Despite using sterile equipment and cleaning the skin, there is a small risk of infection of approximately 1 in 40,000. In addition, there is a small risk of allergy to the contrast. Serious allergies occur in less than 1 in every 25,000 patients.

 

RESULTS: The images obtained will be analysed and interpreted by the Radiologist.

 Please inform us of when you plan to follow up with your doctor so that your report can be prioritised.

A hyperlink will be added to the report that will allow your doctor to access your images.

We provide long term electronic storage of your report and images, so you may obtain a copy either on the day of the scan or in the future.