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An MRI of the shoulder is a diagnostic test that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to create detailed images of the shoulder joint and surrounding structures.

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is rotator cuff tendinitis. This condition is caused by inflammation of the tendons that attach the muscles to the shoulder blade. The condition is often the result of overuse or repetitive movements of the arm and shoulder. Other common causes of shoulder pain include bursitis, frozen shoulder and osteoarthritis.

MRI examination of the shoulder can be used to diagnose a variety of shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff tears, bursitis, tendinitis and impingement syndrome. It can also be used to assess the results of previous shoulder surgery.

MRI is often ordered for shoulder pain after other imaging tests, such as X-ray or ultrasound, have failed to provide a definitive diagnosis. In some cases, an MRI may also be ordered as the initial diagnostic exam.


You will need: Assignment (detailed brief), previous images/findings, completed questionnaires.

All metallic objects (including jewelry) must be taken off (magnet). You will be examined in a tube with a diameter of approx. 70cm, the examination couch will be moved slightly again and again, please lie very still and follow the instructions of the staff. During the examination, loud knocking noises can be heard, which is why you will be given headphones. An emergency balloon and constant visual contact will allow you to make yourself heard at any time if needed. The examination lasts between 10-60 minutes.

No contrast agent is administered.

These examinations are provided by Diagnoseinstitut Alsergrund GmbH. These examinations are to be paid privately and can be submitted to a supplementary insurance/private insurance.