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Why do I need an MRI scan on my knee?

Why do I need an MRI scan on my knee?

In combination with conventional x-rays, MRI is usually the best choice for examining the body’s major joints like the knee. The examination is typically performed to diagnose or evaluate: knee pain, weakness, swelling or bleeding in the tissues in and around the joint. damaged cartilage, meniscus, ligaments or tendons.

What should I expect from an MRI scan of my knee?

MRI Scan of the Knee 1 Anterior knee pain. I believe that one of the most common reasons to have anterior knee pain,… 2 Meniscus tears. If a meniscus tear is suspected you can be 90% or more sure… 3 Anterior cruciate ligament tear – ACL tear. 4 Cartilage lesions.

Do you need an arthroscopy after a knee scan?

Some things cannot be found by either a clinical examination or by an MRI scan and you may need to undergo an arthroscopy of your knee. One of the problems with MRI scans is that the result relies on who is looking at the pictures.

How much is an MRI scan of the knee in Denmark?

The price has also declined in the past years and today it is close to 400 euro in Denmark. If your main problem is knee pain, I believe you should in most circumstances have an MRI scan of the knee and you should not have an arthroscopy without the MRI.

Can a meniscus root tear be overlooked on an MRI?

Also meniscus root tears might be overlooked on the MRI scan and “just” called a radial meniscus tear; however this type of tear can be very detrimental to the knee and in most cases surgery is indicated and that means the tear needs to be fixed or cut away.

What should I expect from a knee MRI?

For a knee MRI, you’ll go in feetfirst, and only your lower body will be in the tube. Expect to hold still for around 15 to 45 minutes, sometimes longer, while the machine makes images of your knee. In some cases, you’ll get a special dye injected into your arm before the exam.

How much does a MRI of the knee cost?

“Latest MRI” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Bekathwia. The average cost of a knee MRI can range anywhere from $700 to $3,500 when done in a hospital setting without health insurance. This amount does not include the radiologist and report, which may cost a few hundred dollars more depending on the specialist.

How long does a knee MRI take?

The knee MRI can take 30 minutes to an hour. It is important to stay still during this period. Patients who know that they will have trouble lying down may ask if they can take a sedative or a drug for pain management.

What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the knee joint. It is typically used to help diagnose or evaluate pain, weakness, swelling or bleeding in and around the joint.