MRI ( Magnetic resonance imaging ) of the shoulder

MRI shoulder

Magnetic resonance imaging is also called "MRI". Without using x-ray beams, pictures of the shoulder are made by the use of a magnetic field. Some people might think that x-ray is not longer necessary. This is not the case. X-ray and MRI complement one another. Each method can show different shoulder structures and depending on the individual disease / problem, sometimes MRI and sometimes x-ray or computed tomographies are used. And once upon a while those methods are combined.
Using x-ray and CT technique bony structures like humeral head fracture, bony fragments, arthritis, loose bodies or glenoid deformities can be seen much better. Whereas MRI is favourable for soft tissue changes like rotator cuff tears or vascular disturbances like humeral head necrosis. Even MRI can be combined with the use of contrast media, which are applied by an injection into the vessel or by an injection directly into the shoulder joint. For example to visualize tumoral changes.
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