MRI Scan Without 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.
  • An MRI of the arm is generally done when the results are likely to influence decisions about treatment.

MRI machines use powerful magnets, so be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have any metal or medical devices in your body.

  • If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider may order an MRI if he or she feels it can provide information that will be important for your health. Be sure to thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure with your healthcare providers.
  • You may be given a contrast dye through a line in a vein in your arm or hand.
  • An MRI can take up to an hour, although newer machines may be much faster.

This care path's costs include the facility charges (the test or procedure) plus the physician charges (interpreting the test or performing the procedure). You may get separate bills for the f+acility and physician charges.

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.)
  • 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?
  • Do I need to have the test done with, and without, contrast?
  • 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 Arm Without Dye
Arm MRI Without Contrast
MRI Arm Without Contrast
Arm MRI Without Dye


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