Conditions + Treatments

MRI Arthrogram

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An MRI arthrogram is an imaging procedure that obtains pictures of your child's joint after a contrast material has been injected into it, allowing the radiologist to see the soft tissue structure of your child's joint.

An MRI arthrogram is a two-part procedure:

  • A special type of x-ray technology, called fluoroscopy, is used to take pictures of the joint during the first part of this procedure
  • After the fluoroscopy, your child will receive an MRI to obtain additional images of the joint.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches MRI arthrograms

Performing MRI arthrogram in children poses unique challenges. The Division of MRI at Boston Children's provides a soothing, child-friendly environment with:

  • highly trained radiologists with expertise in supervising and interpreting MRI in children of all ages
  • technologists with years of experience in imaging children and teens
  • child life specialists to help families prior to and during exams
  • protocols and procedures specifically for pediatric use, which means age-appropriate care for children and the best possible images for the radiologists
  • distraction techniques during the MRI, like music and videos shown in goggles.
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