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What is arthrography?

Arthrography is the study of a joint by injection of contrast material (X-ray "dye").

Preparing for an Arthrography

Tell your doctor beforehand if you:

  • are or might be pregnant
  • are allergic to any type of contrast material (dye)
  • are allergic to any medication, including anaesthetics
  • have asthma
  • have bleeding problems or are taking blood-thinning medicines
  • have a known infection in or around your joint-the dye may make your infection worse
  • have diabetes or take metformin (Glucophage) for your diabetes

Risks or Complications:

  • minimal exposure to radiation
  • allergic reaction to contrast material (dye)

How long will an arthrography procedure take?

  • The test will take approximately 20 minutes.
  • If you are also scheduled for a CT scan or an MRI, the test will take approximately 1 to 2 hours.

After Your Procedure

Arrange to have someone drive you home.

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