Musculoskeletal MRI at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Common Uses of a Musculoskeletal MRI

  • MR imaging is usually the best choice for examining the:
  • Body's major joints.
  • Spine for disk disease.
  • Soft tissues of the extremities (muscles and bones).

MR imaging is typically performed to diagnose or evaluate:

  • Degenerative joint disorders such as arthritis and Meniscus tears (knee) or labral tears (shoulder and hip).
  • fractures (in selected patients).
  • Joint abnormalities due to trauma (such as tears of ligaments and tendons).
  • Spinal disk abnormalities (such as a herniated disk).
  • the integrity of the spinal cord after trauma.
  • sports-related injuries and work-related disorders caused by repeated strain, vibration or forceful impact.
  • Infections (such as osteomyelitis).
  • Tumors (primary tumors and metastases) involving bones and joints.
  • Pain, swelling or bleeding in the tissues in and around the joints and extremities.