Shoulder MRI Applications
Magnetic resonance imaging scan is a noninvasive method used to create detailed images of the internal structures of the body. During shoulder MRI scan, a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy are used to create images of the shoulder. Muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and other joint structures are best seen in a shoulder MRI scan. At times, MRI gives information about structures in the body that cannot be observed in an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan.
If you have chronic shoulder pain or have injured your shoulder, your doctor will suggest you to get an x-ray done to evaluate the condition of your shoulder. If needed, shoulder MRI scan will be conducted for further analysis.
Shoulder MRI Scan is done to:
- Evaluate shoulder problems such as arthritis, bone tumors, worn-out cartilage, torn ligaments, torn tendons, or infection - For detecting tears in the cartilage (labrum) in the shoulder. Labral tears are usually caused by injury and can lead to shoulder pain.
- Detect bone fractures, tumors, infection and evaluate post-surgical changes
- Detect muscle tears, strain, atrophy, tumors and infection
- Identify rotator cuff disorders, including tears and impingement. The rotator cuff comprises of a group of tendons around the shoulder joint.
- Check unexplained shoulder pain
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the shoulder is done to help doctors in diagnosis of a bone fracture when X-rays and other tests fail to create detailed images. MRI is done more commonly than other tests to evaluate certain bone and joint problems.
Shoulder MRI scan usually takes around half an hour to complete.