How Do You Prepare For A Shoulder MRI Scan?
An MRI scan uses magnetic and radio waves to visualize structures of the body. If you are experiencing shoulder pain that won’t alleviate, your physician may recommend a shoulder MRI scan. In comparison to X-rays and CT scans, an MRI scan is the best option when muscles and ligaments of the shoulder need to be studied. At South Jersey Radiology Associates, an MRI scan should never stress you out. Here is what you should know before your shoulder MRI scan.
Why Do I Need A Shoulder MRI Scan?
The shoulder is a complex part of the upper body that is used frequently in everyday life. When persistent shoulder pain is present, it is important to get your shoulder looked at. A shoulder MRI scan can help to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions including:
- Joint Degeneration
- Labral Tears
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Sports Injuries
- Stress Fractures
What To Expect During Your Shoulder MRI Scan?
Shoulders are a very common part of the body studied by MRI scans. A shoulder MRI scan requires no special preparation. Unless directed otherwise by your physician, you may continue to take your regular medications and maintain your diet. Prior to your appointment, you want to avoid wearing any clothing that contains metal including zippers, belts, buttons, jewelry and so forth. Since MRI scans use magnetic fields, metal materials are prohibited.
If you have claustrophobia or anxiety in small areas, be sure to reach out to South Jersey Radiology and ask about our accommodations. Wide Bore MRIs are available at our office locations that allow patients to be more comfortable during the study. In some cases, your physician may be able to prescribe anti-anxiety medication to take before your appointment.
What Happens During A Shoulder MRI Scan?
You want to arrive at least fifteen minutes before your appointment. One of our MRI technologists will accompany you during the study and get you settled. You will lie down on a comfortable bed. The bed will slowly move back into the scanner and the images of your shoulder will be captured. An MRI scan takes around 30 – 60 minutes to complete. After the MRI scan, one of our subspecialized radiologists will interpret the images and develop a detailed report. The images and reports will be sent to your physician within 48 hours of the study being completed.
Outpatient imaging centers offer high quality, affordable medical imaging services that prioritize patient comfort and convenience. South Jersey Radiology Associates offers diagnostic and advanced imaging services including shoulder MRI scans up to 60% less than hospital-based imaging centers. If you would like to schedule your shoulder MRI scan, reach out to one of our following locations:
- Route 73 Office – Voorhees Township, NJ
- Greentree Office – Marlton, NJ
- Washington Township Office – Sewell, NJ
- Turnersville Office – Washington Township, NJ
- Voorhees Office – Voorhees Township, NJ
- West Deptford Office – West Deptford, NJ
Learn more about the board-certified sub-specialized radiologists who read and interpret studies at SJRA here.