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How to prepare for your arthrogram or joint x-ray
Arthrograms are x-rays that examine a joint or combination of joints. These exams are commonly done on knees, hips, shoulders, or wrists.

There is no preparation required for this exam.

What to expect at your appointment
When you arrive in the clinic, you will fill out some papers. Depending upon the area to be examined, you may be required to change into a gown.

The x-ray technologist will thoroughly clean the area to be x-rayed. Then the radiologist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and after the anesthetic has taken effect, will inject a contrast medium into the joint space using a needle.

The doctor will have you move your joint in different ways and take x-rays from different angles. This exam lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. After the radiologist finishes, an MRI or CT scan usually will follow to better visualize the joint.

What to expect after the exam
The radiologist will give you instructions following the exam on what to expect after your arthrogram.





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Downloadable forms to save time at your appointment
If you have a printer attached to your computer, you may click on these links to download printable forms to complete at home and bring to your appointment. If you do not have access to a printer or do not wish to download these forms, you will receive these same forms when you come to SIRA for your appointment.

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