Re: What type of MRI?
It depends on the type of MRI machine you have access to and if you have a long history of shoulder problems and pain. The traditional old school t1 MRI without contrast is sensitive enough to look for large tears and to see if there is normal anatomy. T2 is better, obviously, and t3 is just about as good as a t1 or 2 with contrast. If the dr is concerned at all about the labrum or structures related to the joint capsule, he/she should send you for an MRI with contrast. if you have access to a t3 machine then don't get the contrast. The injection procedure can be very painful!