A CT arthrogram is a safe, effective medical imaging technology that allows our radiologists to analyze joint health. A CAT scan of your joints can help avoid unnecessary surgery, create an effective treatment regime, and determine the cause for joint pain or discomfort. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we are dedicated to providing the best CT arthrogram technologies and services currently available.
What is a CT arthrogram?
A CT arthrogram is a two-part imaging study that can help diagnose subtle abnormalities in the joints of the extremities, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and the digits of the hands and feet. During the first part of a CT arthrogram, contrast is injected into the joint space under CT guidance. This contrast material illuminates the joint space, allowing our radiologists to better visualize and interpret the health of your joints. During the second part of your CT arthrogram, images of the joint are captured using MRI technology.
Your doctor may refer you for a CT arthrogram if you are experiencing persistent or unexplained pain, discomfort, or changes in the way a joint moves or functions. A CT arthrogram may also be suggested to screen for damage from recurrent joint dislocations or to locate synovial cysts (sacs of the lubricating fluid in the joint). Finally, a CT arthrogram can help diagnose the pathology in the soft tissues of the joint, such as ligaments, cartilage, and joint capsules.
What can a CT arthrogram help diagnose?
CT arthrograms can help diagnose unexplained joint pain or discomfort and help to evaluate the health of your joints. A CAT scan arthrogram is also very accurate in diagnosing diseases of joint ligaments, cartilage, or tendons. A CT arthrogram is commonly used to assess the health of your joints in the shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, and hip. A CT of your joint can help in planning your joint treatment or joint replacement surgery. A CT arthrogram can help to determine what treatment or medication may be the most effective at treating your individual symptoms.
What can I expect from a CT arthrogram?
Prior to your CT arthrogram, you may need to avoid eating and drinking for a few hours before your CAT scan arthrogram. Fasting is usually necessary only if a sedative is being used during your joint CT scan. It is important to inform our staff if you are taking any medications or have any allergies, especially if the allergies are food-related. You will not be able to undergo a CT arthrogram if you are pregnant or nursing. We kindly ask that you do not wear any jewelry or clothing that has any wires or metal in it the day of your CT arthrogram. Any personal effects, accessories, or belongings must be removed prior to entering the procedure room.
How long does a CT arthrogram take, and when will I get my results?
For most patients, a CAT scan arthrogram can be completed in just thirty minutes, but the length of your joint CT scan may vary. Our radiologists work as quickly as possible to send your results to your physician. Some CT arthrogram results may be available as soon as one day after your CT joint exam. Immediately following your CT arthrogram procedure, our radiologists will notify you of an expected timeframe when your physician will receive your results.
How can I learn more about a CT arthrogram?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a CT arthrogram with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.