Wrist MRI is a very useful tool in evaluating the complex anatomy of the wrist joint. Structures evaluated include the triangular fibrocartilage complex, scapholunate ligament, bones of the wrist, the tendons used to flex and extend the wrist as well as the carpal tunnel. In addition to evaluating the normal structures of the wrist, a common indication for wrist MRI is evaluating for possible ganglion cysts which are common masses found in the wrist that can cause pain and may need to be removed.
A specialized coil will be placed around the injured wrist. The examination will take about 30 minutes.