Arthograms Specialist

Diagnostic Imaging of Milford -  - Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center

Diagnostic Imaging of Milford

Medical Diagnostic Imaging Centers located in Milford, CT & West Haven, CT

Joint pain can greatly limit an individual’s ability to perform basic day-to-day functions and greatly hamper one’s quality of life. At Diagnostic Imaging of Milford, with locations in Milford, West Haven and North Haven, Connecticut, our team of experienced physicians and technologist offer arthrogram diagnostic procedures to diagnose the source of joint pain so it can be effectively and efficiently treated.

Arthograms Q & A

What is an Arthrogram?

An arthrogram is an imaging procedure used to help diagnose problems in the interior of a joint, most commonly the: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle. The procedure involves injecting a contrasting fluid into the joint space, so the radiologist can see and evaluate soft tissue structure. The procedure can be conducted in various ways. The simplest consists of taking a series of x-rays of the joint in various positions. The procedure may also entail the use of a special approach, also known as fluoroscopy, in which a continuous x-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam transmits an interior image to a computer monitor, providing a detailed look at the joint in motion. Also, sometimes fluoroscopy is followed by an MRI. No prep is required, other than removing any jewelry or clothing that contains metal.

Why Might I Need an Arthrogram?

Your physician may order this test if you have persistent unexplained joint pain or loss of motion in a joint. Arthrograms are used to diagnose such conditions as arthritis, and tears or other injuries to ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. They can also show small loose fragments of cartilage or bone floating around a joint space. In addition, arthrograms are used to check prosthetic joints, such as hip and knee replacements.

Is an Arthrogram Painful?

Our technologists are extremely experienced and strive to make each patient as comfortable as possible. Minor pinching with a slight burning sensation is typically experienced during the injection. However, this part of the procedure lasts mere minutes. We use local anesthesia, and the needle is extremely thin, so it is not nearly as painful as might be feared. Afterward, there may be some soreness at the injection site that should be easily remedied with ibuprofen.

Participating Insurances

Diagnostic Imaging of Milford accepts all major and most secondary insurances. Patients are expected to bring their insurance card to the office at the time of their examination. Claims are submitted through our billing company, McKesson Corp. For questions regarding patient statements and insurance, patients may call (800) 360-4391. Fees for non-covered services and co-payments are expected at the time of your visit.

*We strongly recommend that patients call our office if their insurance carrier is not listed. Additional insurances are added frequently.

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Great West Health Care
HUSKY Health
Multiplan, Inc.
Railroad Medicare
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