What You Need to Know: MRI and Knee Injuries

When you have knee pain, you need to know when it is serious and when to see a radiologist for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Typically, if you have a sudden onset of severe pain that causes you to have difficulty walking, or a swollen and hot knee, you should consider it to be serious. Rely on ImageCare to take an MRI on your knee.

During this noninvasive exam, radio waves and a computer produce detailed images of your knee and the soft tissues to diagnose:

  • Damaged cartilage
  • Torn tendons or ligaments
  • Bone fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Infections
  • Tumors
A black and white photo of a man holding his very swollen and red knee.

MRIs are painless, however, some patients report feeling claustrophobic and have difficulty remaining still. We offer open MRI machines to help our patients feel more at ease. Additionally, we offer oral medication for patients to take in order for them to relax enough to maintain their position. Opposed to CT scans or X-rays, MRIs help your doctor diagnose tendon, ligament, muscle, cartilage, and bone irregularities. Also, MRIs do not expose you to any radiation. You may be recommended an MRI if your X-ray test is inconclusive since MRIs produce extremely detailed images.

An MRI of the knee will help our radiologists understand if you need knee surgery or figure out what other appropriate treatments are necessary given the condition of your knee. We will discuss the next steps with you to ensure you are treated efficiently and effectively. While your MRI is taking place, you can listen to your favorite radio station to keep your mind elsewhere, or you can feel free to take a nap. Additionally, our facilities are equipped with top-notch equipment for quality and efficient testing. To learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment for an MRI of the knee, call ImageCare and speak with our friendly staff.