Advanced Musculoskeletal Imaging

MR Arthrography

In MR arthrography, a small amount of contrast (gadolinium) is injected directly into the joint of interest (e.g. hip, shoulder, knee). This allows for detailed evaluation of structures that are difficult to see by conventional MRI examination. Structures particularly well evaluated by this technique include the joint capsule, ligaments, tendons and labrum.

Imaging-Guided Musculoskeletal and Spinal Injections

Using imaging guidance with either conventional real-time X-ray (fluoroscopy) or CT, injection of medication (often a combination of anesthetic for pain relief and steroid as anti-inflammatory) can be performed for both diagnosis and treatment.

Procedures offered by Hoag include:

  • Discography (Discogram)
  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Facet or sacroiliac joint injection
  • Joint injection
  • Piriformis muscle injection

You may receive additional specific instructions when you schedule your appointment depending upon the type of procedure that will be performed.