What is the use of arthrography?

Arthrography allows to explore joints that are not visible on a standard radiograph. Its purpose is to detect disorders that may affect meniscias or joint cartilages.

What is arthrography?

It uses X-rays and an iodine-based contrast product.

How does arthrography work?

Its principle consists in making visible (or opaque) a joint. The contrast medium is injected with a fine needle directly into the joint. The product lines the articular walls which become visible on radiological plates thanks to the radio-opaque properties of iodine.

Is arthrography painful?

The arthrography room consists of

How to prepare for an arthrography?

What are the risks of arthrography?

This examination has the advantage of studying the articular structures rapidly and not painfully. However, it does not allow sampling of suspect areas and is less accurate than an endoscopic examination (arthroscopy).

Arthrography is not a painful examination. The sting is the most unpleasant moment of the exam, but it is not very painful. Injection of contrast medium: At the time of contrast injection, pain in the joint may occur, which may persist for several days. Pain medications (analgesics) will be prescribed to avoid them. Rest is also an effective means of preventing them.

If you are allergic, take the tablets the day before the examination and the same day to avoid any reaction.

It is not necessary to be fasting unless otherwise specified. You can eat and drink normally.

Remember to bring


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The apparatus consists of a tilting table above which an articulated arm with the X-ray tube moves. The control desk behind which the medical staff is located and which is separated from the rest of the room by A leaded window.

The letter of your doctor and your prescriptions Your social insurance card Your old X-rays that will allow a comparison The contrast product if you have been prescribed. >
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, for precautions to be taken If you are allergic

Nausea and vomiting may occur due to the contrast medium. Similarly, allergic reactions are possible. If you are allergic, anti-allergic drugs taken the day before and the same day will decrease these reactions .; The sting can cause a small hematoma without gravity that will disappear within a few days. An infection is possible but it is exceptional and will be prevented by careful disinfection of the skin X-rays are safe because of the very low doses used