What are the advantages of VSI vs. MRI?

The VSI procedure provides your physician with a clear, definitive view of your joint's surfaces.  This is called an intra-articular view.  Rather than arthroscopic surgery – which today is the only way to achieve similar diagnostic clarity – your physician can use the VisionScope system right in the exam room.  The procedure can take less than 10 minutes and  requires only a local numbing agent, such as Lidocaine.

On the other hand, MRI is an informative diagnostic tool when your physician needs to examine areas outside your joint's surfaces and/or the surrounding soft tissue and ligaments.  This is called an extra-articular view.

Every patient is different. Only your physician will know the best course of action for you.