Alternative to MRI
BrainClip

Cedar Park, TX

#1 May 3, 2008
I am in need of having the first of both total knee replacements done.

However, a brain surgery 35 years ago left me with an aneurysm clip in place and my local radiologist says he will not do an MRI of my knees because of it.

Is there an alternative to MRI which will produce a comparable quality of picture which can be used with the latest technology?
BilateralJohn

Portsmouth, NH

#2 May 4, 2008
BrainClip wrote:
I am in need of having the first of both total knee replacements done.
However, a brain surgery 35 years ago left me with an aneurysm clip in place and my local radiologist says he will not do an MRI of my knees because of it.
Is there an alternative to MRI which will produce a comparable quality of picture which can be used with the latest technology?
I needed the mri for the OtisMed technique which was to be used on my bilateral total knee replacement. MY problem was that I could not sit still for the 7 minutes it took to do the MRI (They tried three different times). I swear it made my knees twitch. Anyway they were able to get an adequate image of my knee with a CatScan. I only had to sit still for one minute. The difficulty was in having my surgeon inject the iodine dye in my knee so that it completely went all around the bones/everything. The first try failed and Otis kicked the CatScan back. The second try worked but my surgeon had to inject me in 3 different places before my knee was "marinated" in the dye.

When he finally did the second knee a few days later voila...he was able to do it with one injection right in the knee joint.

Ya, it hurt, but now I'm 5 weeks post op and doing fine.

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