What is MRI of the Elbow?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the Elbow is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the elbow. An MRI differs from a CT scan because it does not use radiation. An MRI scanner consists of a large doughnut-shaped magnet that has a tunnel in the center. Patients are placed on a table that slides into the tunnel. Some centers have open MRI machines that have larger openings and are helpful for patients with claustrophobia. MRI machines are located in hospitals and radiology centers.
Who should get an Elbow MRI?
An MRI of the Elbow is usually ordered by doctors if you have these indications:
- Cancer or Mets
- Infection / abscess
- MS, hemiplegia / paresthesia
Is there radiation involved?
No. An MRI is a painless radiology technique that has the advantages of avoiding radiation exposure.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.