Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant. Your doctor may decide whether to postpone the exam or use an alternative exam such as ultrasound to reduce the possible risk of exposing your baby to radiation.
Let your doctor know if you have any known allergy to x-ray dye, iodine or certain foods such as shellfish.
You will be asked to remove all jewelry, eyeglasses, and any other metal or electronic objects from your body before the exam as these objects interfere with the quality of the images.
Further preparation for your arthrogram depends on which part of your body will be examined.
Generally, the portion of your body that is being examined will be undressed and you may be asked to wear a hospital gown to cover yourself during the exam.
You may be also asked to wear a lead apron as a precaution to shield areas of your body not being examined from x-ray exposure.