Arthrography (Conventional)

Conventional arthrography is an X-ray of a joint that uses a special type of X-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material containing iodine or gadolinium.

Fluoroscopy makes it possible to see internal organs in motion. When iodine is injected into the joint space, it coats the inner lining of the joint structures and appears bright white on an arthrogram, allowing the radiologist to assess the anatomy and function of the joint.

Common Uses of the Procedure

Arthrographic images help physicians evaluate alterations in structure and function of a joint and help to determine the possible need for treatment, including surgery or joint replacement.

The procedure is most often used to identify abnormalities within the:

  • Ankle
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Wrist

The procedure is also used to help diagnose persistent, unexplained joint pain or discomfort.