Knee MRI Scan
A Knee MRI scan uses magnetic resonance imaging, which takes various cross-sectional images of your knee and places them together for a detailed visualization of your knee. The multiple images of a knee MRI provide our radiologists with the most in-depth view of your knee and allows for the correct diagnoses for various complications and conditions of the knee.
What is a knee MRI scan?
An MRI of the knee provides comprehensive images of the bones, muscles, and structures of the knee so that our radiologists are able to identify and diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions. An MRI is a powerful tool that can help our radiologists detect the earliest signs of a medical condition or even evaluate the rate of healing after knee surgery.
What can a knee MRI scan help diagnose?
Knees are frequently injured during daily activity, sports, or as the result of an accident or jumper’s knee. A knee MRI scan may be suggested to help diagnose the cause of pain involving the muscle, meniscus, or bone. An MRI of the knee can also assess the extent of damage or swelling of the ligaments and tendons. Magnetic resonance imaging is also sensitive enough to diagnose small fractures of the bone that a traditional X-ray cannot see. Additionally, a knee MRI scan can also help monitor the progress of healing after knee surgery.
What can I expect from a knee MRI scan?
At Park Avenue Radiologists, we strive to deliver the best in patient care and comfort while providing accurate MRI results. Our state-of-the-art MRI machines have ample headroom to maximize comfort and reduce any feelings of claustrophobia. To begin your knee MRI scan, you may receive contrast dye, which is a fluid that may be administered orally or intravenously. In some MRI scans, this fluid is used to increase the contrast of your MRI images, resulting in different parts of the knee being easily differentiated. You will lie down and slowly enter the spacious MRI machine. We encourage you to bring your own music that you will be able to listen to during your knee MRI scan to increase comfort and for entertainment. During your MRI scan, you will be able to talk directly to a staff member through a speaker in the MRI machine. Additionally, if you begin to feel uncomfortable or ill, you may request to exit the machine and pause the knee MRI scan to regain composure.
How long does a knee MRI scan take, and when will I get my results?
A Knee MRI scan usually takes from forty to seventy minutes but can vary depending on what you are having scanned. If contrast dye or contrast fluid is used during your knee scan, the total length of your knee MRI scan will be approximately fifteen minutes longer. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we strive to provide you with your knee MRI results as promptly as possible. We will begin to analyze your MRI results after your scan, and a member of our staff will notify your physician when your knee MRI results are available.
How can I learn more about a knee MRI scan?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a knee MRI scan with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email email@example.com, or request an appointment online.