In prior posts, I have discussed the importance of choosing the right type of MRI in order to detect underlying issues with your hips that may not have YET resulted in pain or any obvious symptoms. While a number of surgeons order the sonogram (in my mind completely useless in this instance), the surgeons who order MRIs, use the Mars protocol. I traveled to NYC in order to have a Mavric protocol run in order to provide optimal resolution to any underlying issues. This is the first publication I have found on the Mavric protocol. Here is the URL to the prior post on this subject. In fact, the same author (Hollis Potter MD, presented on the panel I published on earlier-What do plain radiographs, ultrasound, MRI and CT offer the Depuy hip patient (6 of 7)- is also a co author on the article below.)
I think you can see how well the Mavric protocal recognizes underlying pathology that the customary Mars MRI might not pick up. My only suggestion is that you speak with your surgeon about using this protocol up front in conjunction with monitoring post replacement or revision with this protocal.
This protocol selection is VERY important for patients who are interested in understanding what underlying issues might be present without out any presenting signs or symptoms.