Magnetic Resonance Arthrography (MRA)

What is Magnetic Resonance Arthrography (MRA)?

Magnetic resonance arthrography (MRA) is widely used to examine the joints, such as hip, shoulder or wrist. MRA is similar to MRI, but the former shows better images because a contrast solution called gadolinium is given to swell the joint, outline joint structures and show any soft tissue tears and defects. MRA serves as a good examination of swollen joints and can be done at any joint.

Why is Magnetic Resonance Arthrography (MRA) required?

MRA is designed to diagnose problems with a joint with the aid of the contrast agent. When the contrast agent is introduced into the joint, the view of the joint structures is enhanced to improve the evaluation of any joint abnormalities.

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