Repetitive movements from running and aerobic exercise that cause muscle and ligament strain; and collisions and falls on the sports field or other impact sports are just a few of the reasons why you may need an MRI for sports injury.
An MRI for sports injury can be used to investigate acute pain after an accident or sudden injury as well as chronic aches and pain due to cumulative damage that builds up over time. The 3D imaging is highly sensitive and can give a clear picture of muscle, tendon, and ligament damage as well as changes to bone due to fractures.
Medserena’s MRI for sports injury is carried out in an upright and open scanner, with the spine in a weight-bearing position either sitting or standing depending on the location of the injury and pain. Examining the spine under the natural load of gravity shows intervertebral discs when they are exposed to pressure that is five times higher than when lying down.
MRI scans can look in detail at common injury sites including the hip flexors, knees, elbows, ankles, and shoulders, to check for muscle strain, ligament and tendon tears, trapped nerves and cartilage problems. They are particularly useful for investigating knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament tears, stress fractures and swelling that might not be visible on an x-ray. It can be useful in assessing more subtle tendon injuries and damage to articular cartilage after knee dislocation.
The excellent soft tissue contrast in MRI and its ability to image small structures makes it the first choice in assessing sports injuries.
Open MRI scanners are a stress-free alternative to using a conventional enclosed tunnel MRI scanner, providing comfort and reassurance for people who suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia. Sitting upright is more comfortable for patients and the open front means patients can speak to a friend or relative or watch television throughout as distraction.
Open MRI scans can also accommodate larger/ heavier patients who might have difficulty fitting comfortably into a conventional tunnel scanner, as they can take weights of up to 35 stone (226kg). However, suitability will depend on the patient’s build and the area of anatomy that needs to be scanned.
Our scans can be performed in London or Manchester
Prices are self-pay only, inclusive of Radiologist report
Many MRI scans can be booked for the same day