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MRI of the Hand and Wrist

The fine soft-tissue contrast resolution provided by our high-field, state-of-the-art MRI scanners allows for accurate identification and evaluation of a variety of traumatic injuries, arthropathies and neoplastic processes. Our units allow for very small field-of-view imaging at high resolutions.

Our high-field imaging of the hand can offer improved diagnostic outcomes through superior visualization of the articular cartilage and small supporting soft-tissue structures.

Dedicated multi-channel hand and wrist coils further optimize signal-to-noise ratios for better clarity and these coils facilitate optimal patient positioning.

MRI imaging of the hand is performed to evaluate:

  • Thin articular hyaline cartilage as well as the ligaments and intrinsic structures of the hand and fingers
  • Assessment of tendons, ligaments and intricate pulley systems of the fingers
  • Accurately differentiate a partial-thickness tear from a complete tear and depict the length of tendon retraction
  • Arthropathies of the hand and fingers
  • MRI can help in diagnosis and monitoring treatment for conditions such as:
  • Direct visualization of the articular cartilage, sub-chondral cysts and erosions before they are radiographically apparent
  • Synovitis, Bursitis, Osteomyelitis, Osteitis
  • Osteoarthritis, Psoratic, Septic and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tumors, Neoplasms
  • Soft-tissue lesions and tumors

Make an Appointment

To schedule an MRI appointment or for more information, call 617-499-5545.

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