A contrast iodine solution is injected into the shoulder joint area to help highlight the joint structures. Several x ray images of the joint can be viewed on a screen ( the technique is called fluoroscopy).The shoulder is moved during the procedure to take images in various positions. A tingling sensation may be experienced during the procedure.

Arthrography in combination with x ray fluoroscopy, ( or sometimes in combination with MRI scanning ) can be a useful diagnostic tool in certain, selected cases, such as certain types of shoulder instability; or to diagnose a