Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 7–12 | Cite as

Pigmented villonodular synovitis: MRI characteristics

  • T. H. Hughes
  • D. J. Sartoris
  • M. E. Schweitzer
  • D. L. Resnick


The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 26 patients with histopathologically proven pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), involving joints but excluding tendon sheaths, were reviewed retrospectively. The purpose of this study is to define the spectrum and frequency of MRI characteristics for PVNS using conventional spin echo (in two cases before and after intravenous administration of gadopentate dimeglumine) and also gradient echo techniques. A cystic variety is presented, the MRI appearances of which have not been found in a review of the literature.

Key words

Pigmented villonodular synovitis Magnetic resonance Cystic arthropathy 


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© International Skeletal Society 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. H. Hughes
    • 1
  • D. J. Sartoris
    • 1
    • 3
  • M. E. Schweitzer
    • 2
  • D. L. Resnick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of California, San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Radiology-114Veterans Administration Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA

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