MRI of Cartilage: Pathological Findings

  • Thomas M. Link


The most important clinical indications for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are assessment of cartilage in osteoarthritis (OA), chronic or acute osteochondral injury including sports injuries, osteochondritis dissecans, chondromalacia patellae, and inflammatory arthropathies (in particular before invasive therapy). In addition dedicated cartilage imaging is required after invasive cartilage repair procedures or conservative therapies, including pharmacological therapies, to monitor treatment effect. MR studies are required to tailor therapies and in the future new quantitative techniques may have significance in indicating treatment as well as monitoring therapy similar to bone mineral density currently used in the setting of osteoporosis.


MRI Cartilage Pathologies Associated findings Osteoarthritis Osteochondritis dissecans Trauma Osteochondral defects 


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  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Biomedical ImagingUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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