MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of the organs and structures inside the body. An MRI can give your doctor information about your shoulder, the bones around it, and the tissues around it, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
When you have an MRI, you lie on a table and the table moves into the MRI machine.
An MRI of the shoulder can find problems such as damage to the cartilage, tendons, and ligaments around the shoulder. It can also look for the cause of shoulder pain and find rotator cuff problems.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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