This arthrogram of the shoulder shows a rotator cuff tear.

What is an Arthrogram?

An arthrogram is an x-ray of the joints. A contrast media is used to more clearly visualize the joint.

Preparing for an Arthrogram

If the examination is scheduled for the morning, you may drink or eat clear liquids 2-3 hours before the scheduled time of the test. You should also take your regular medication at that time. If the exam is scheduled in the afternoon, you may eat a full breakfast and then have clear liquids two hours before the scheduled time of the test, and take your regular medications.

What to Expect During an Arthrogram

A preliminary film of the joint will be taken and the joint will be cleaned with a special solution. Your doctor will give you a local anesthetic before placing a needle into the joint area. A contrast media will then be injected. You may feel some pressure during the injection. X-rays pictures will then be taken of the joint.


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