MRI of the Wrist & Hand

MRI of the hand & wrist

The wrist is a complicated joint comprised of several bones and the tendons and ligaments that support it. The bones of the wrist include the two bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna), 8 carpal bones, and the bones the form the hand. The complex anatomy of the wrist allows a great degree of motion. As with other joints, trauma or repetitive injures may cause damage the cartilage, bones, ligaments and tendons of the wrist. Some of these injuries, if not repaired, may lead to premature arthritis of the wrist. Your doctor may request an MR arthrogram of the wrist, a special procedure where the wrist is injected with contrast just before the MRI to yield even better detail of the intrinsic ligaments of the wrist.

Why Come to UCSD?

Our radiologists will provide their expert interpretations of your MRI exam, enabling your doctor to employ the appropriate treatment, whether it be rest, physical rehabilitation or surgical intervention. Our state-of-the-art imaging equipment ensures that you have the highest quality examination.

What Procedures Do We Offer?

MRI, MR arthrography

How to Prepare For Your Exam?

No preparation is required, but alert your doctor if you are allergic to contrast agents used for CT or MRI, or if you have other serious medical conditions, cardiac pacemaker, or other implantable devices.