MRI Scan Without and With Dye - Upper Extremity - Arm

This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the structures in the upper extremity. This includes the arm, forearm and hand.




This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the structures in the upper extremity. This includes the arm, forearm and hand.



A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the upper extremity (arm) is a test that uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the structures in your upper extremity (arm). This includes the arm, forearm and hand.

  • While an MRI can show pictures of joints, this study is designed to give detailed pictures of the non-joint structures in your arm.
  • Your healthcare provider may order this MRI to find the cause of persistent arm pain or evaluate an injury to the arm.

MRI machines use powerful magnets, so tell your health care provider if you have any metal or medical devices in your body.

  • The contrast dye may cause you to feel flushed or to have a bad taste in your mouth for a short time.
  • You must lie still during the exam. Moving can blur the images.
  • An MRI can take up to an hour. Newer machines may be much faster.

If you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of the test.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Do I need to have the test with and without dye? If I do, should I be concerned if I have allergies?
  • What is my diagnosis and the reason for the test?
  • Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
  • Are there any less expensive, but effective, alternatives to my getting this test?

Remind your health care provider if there are any metal(s) or medical device(s) in your body.

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

MRI Scan
MRI Arm Without Contrast
MRI Arm With Contrast
Arm MRI Without Dye
Arm MRI With Dye


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