The shoulder is a large and complicated joint that we use on a daily basis. It’s made up of three major bones. This makes it the most mobile joint in the body. As a result, numerous problems can affect our shoulders. Pain or an injury are the main reasons your doctor might order an MRI scan. The injury could be the result of an impact, or simply the effect of long-term wear and tear on the joint. Specific problems that could require a shoulder MRI scan include: dislocation of your shoulder joint, degenerative joint diseases, such as arthritis, rotator cuff tears, bone fractures, sports-related injuries, Unexplained pain and swelling, decreased range of motion, infections or tumors
In some cases, an MRI scan can help your doctor track the effect of surgeries, medications, or physical therapy on your shoulder.
While an MRI scan can be performed on any part of your body, a shoulder MRI scan specifically helps your doctor see the bones, blood vessels, and tissues in your shoulder region. A shoulder MRI helps your doctor diagnose potential problems found in other imaging tests, such as X-rays. It also helps your doctor diagnose unexplained pain in the area or better understand the condition causing your shoulder symptoms.MRI shoulder joint is used to generate the pictures bones of the shoulder joint along with the related soft tissues like the tendons, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels. An MRI scan works by generating a magnetic field that temporarily aligns the water molecules in your body. Radio waves use these aligned particles to produce faint signals, which are recorded as images by the machine. Unlike X-rays and CT scans, an MRI scan uses no radiation and is considered a safer alternative, especially for pregnant women and children.