MRI Types: Knee

Knee MRIs use magnets and radio waves to capture images of various sections in the knee, from bones and cartilage to muscles and tendons. This technique is often used for diagnostic purposes.

Capabilities of Knee MRIs

Your doctor may decide to order a knee MRI scan if they suspect problems in the knee joint as indicated by pain, inflammation or weakness. These problems may include:

  • Joint and bone disorders like arthritis
  • Joint and bone injures, such as fractures, infections and trauma
  • Problems with implants
  • Tumors

How to Prepare for a Knee MRI

Before the test takes place, take the following steps to avoid any issues during your MRI:

  • Notify your physician if you have any implants or metallic objects in your body, whether surgical or the result of an accident. Depending on the circumstances, your doctor may recommend an alternative procedure.
  • Notify your doctor if you have claustrophobia. They may recommend sedation or an alternative procedure.
  • Remove any metal objects from your body, such as jewelry, body piercings or clothing with metal inserts.

Knee MRIs typically take 30 to 60 minutes, with few exceptions. Once completed, you can return to daily life immediately after testing. Your doctor should receive your results within 24 hours of your test.

Additional Knee MRI Requirements

Depending on your circumstances, your doctor may suggest that you undergo an MRI arthrogram, where the doctor injects a contrast fluid into your knee to improve imaging. Your doctor will generally notify you before the day of the procedure if this is necessary.

Generally, little else is required of you during the MRI, but be sure to check with your doctor before the day of the test to be sure you understand any specifics for the procedure.

Contact Us

Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center provides knee MRIs for Gettysburg and the rest of central Pennsylvania. If you have questions about your MRI or need assistance scheduling one, please contact us using the form below.