Magnetic Resonance Arthrography Scan

What is magnetic resonance arthrography?

Magnetic resonance arthrography (MRA) is an imaging test widely used to look at the joints, such as hip, shoulder or wrist.

MRA is similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but shows better images. A contrast solution called gadolinium is given to swell the joint, outline joint structures and show any soft tissue tears and defects.

An MRA scan is a good way to look at swollen joints and can be done for any joint.

Why do you need magnetic resonance arthrography?

An MRA is designed to diagnose problems with a joint with the use of the contrast agent.

The contrast agent improves the view of the joint structures and allows better evaluation of any joint abnormalities.

What are the risks and complications of magnetic resonance arthrography?

Some MRA risks include:

  • An undetected metal implant which may be affected by the strong magnetic field.
  • Possible effects on early pregnancy. MRA is generally avoided in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Unless there is a strong medical reason to use MRA, your doctor may use other methods of imaging, such as ultrasound, on you if you are pregnant.

Why choose Gleneagles Hospital?

At Gleneagles, we offer a comprehensive range of radiology and diagnostic imaging services for international patients who come to Singapore for medical treatment.

Our team of experienced radiologists and radiographers are professionally trained in the interpretation of MRA results to aid our medical specialists in patient management and care.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our diagnostic radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons

At Gleneagles Hospital, our specialists deliver high standards of MRA diagnostic results in the diagnosis and management of patients' medical conditions.

Please check with your insurance provider for more information, and for their most up-to-date list of panel doctors.

^Specialists may qualify to be on the Extended Panel (EP). You may enjoy selected panel benefits depending on your policy and riders.
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