Current Radiology Reports

, 6:43 | Cite as

Imaging and its role in tendinopathy: current evidence and the need for guidelines

  • Sean Iain DockingEmail author
  • Jill Cook
Sports Imaging (J Linklater, Section Editor)
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  1. Sports Imaging

Our ability to use medical imaging to visualise structural abnormalities has changed how clinicians diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions. Improvements in imaging technology, ease of access, and decreases in the cost of imaging services have led to imaging being widely utilised in lower limb tendinopathy by a range of professions. While imaging allows us to visualise the structural integrity of the tendon, there is a growing appreciation that tendon pain is a complex biopsychosocial problem where imaging findings in isolation are unable to diagnose or guide treatment in tendinopathy (defined as pain and dysfunction in a tendon) [1]. Importantly, how we interpret and explain imaging findings to patients may have a substantial effect on patient outcomes.

Normal tendon consists mainly of type I collagen fibres that are aligned in parallel along the long axis of the tendon, with water and non-collagenous proteins between the fibres. This structural arrangement results in the tendon...


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Sean Iain Docking and Jill Cook each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research CentreLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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