May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. As the temperatures rise and the rain clouds fade away, kids and adults are heading outside to play sports—and many will experience some type of sports injury.

Most sports injuries will heal on their own with some rest. However, some injuries may cause pain and discomfort that requires additional follow up using medical imaging. At Raleigh Radiology, our team of experienced radiologists includes some of the region’s top trained musculoskeletal radiologists who are experts in the imaging and diagnosis of injuries to the bones and joints. An arthrogram is one of the most common types of imaging used to evaluate sports injuries to the joints.

What is an Arthrogram?

When a radiologist needs to diagnose persistent joint pain or discomfort, an arthrogram may be used to evaluate the anatomy and function of the joint. During an arthrogram, contrast is injected into the joint and it is then imaged with MRI, CT or x-ray. This procedure makes it possible for the radiologist to see the joint in real time motion. During the procedure, a local anesthetic will also be injected into the joint to provide temporary pain relief.

Benefits of Arthrography

  • Provides highly detailed images of the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage within the joint
  • The joint can be viewed in real-time motion
  • Very helpful in determining causes of pain in wrists, ankles, shoulders, and hip
  • Can help diagnose persistent, unexplained joint pain or discomfort

3T MRI for Sports Injury

3T MRI can also be useful for sports injuries. 3T MRI is particularly helpful in obtaining enhanced images for certain harder-to-see areas. For suspected labral tears of the shoulder and hip, in some cases, a 3T MRI can achieve the same diagnostic clarity of an arthrogram without the use of a needle and can see cartilage and hip impingement issues in young athletes.

Arthrography and 3T MRI at Raleigh Radiology

At Raleigh Radiology, you can expect state of the art technology in a warm, welcoming environment with some of the region’s most experienced musculoskeletal radiologists. We are committed to clinical excellence through our offerings to our patients, including:

  • Eight convenient locations with more on the way
  • Weekend, evening, and same day appointments
  • Affordable cash-pay options and payment plans
  • Timely results
  • Special pediatric techniques for our young patients and athletes

If You Suffer a Sports Injury

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, you’re likely to experience some type of sports injury someday. If you have persistent pain or discomfort talk to your doctor and visit Raleigh Radiology for your medical imaging needs. Our team of fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologists can provide the accurate diagnosis you need to treat your injury and get back to playing the game. Schedule an appointment here: https://www.raleighrad.com/schedule/