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The Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Knee Joint Injuries

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Radiology Techniques, Health and Medical Technology Baghdad, IRAQ

Int. Res. J. Medical Sci., Volume 1, Issue (5), Pages 1-7, June,28 (2013)

Abstract

Many surgeons tend to believe that MRI is an accurate, non invasive diagnostic method, enough to lead to decisions for conservative treatment and save a patient from unnecessary arthroscopy. We conducted a retrospective study to investigate the accuracy of the MRI of the knee for the detection of injuries of the meniscus, cruciate ligaments and articular cartilage, in comparison with the preoperative clinical examination and intraoperative findings. during the period from September 2009 to April 2010 Fifty patients (50 knees) were examined, 39 patients males and 11 patients females their ages ranging from (19-79) years, presented with various knee joint problems, and were referred from Orthopedic and Rheumatology Departments in AL-Shaheed Gassy AL-Hariri Hospital and Nero Surgical Hospital, after physical and clinical examination were diagnosed with meniscal or cruciate injury and underwent definitive treatment. The diagnostic performance of the initial clinical examination was also calculated for the meniscal and cruciate ligament injuries. MRI is a very good imaging modality since it is non invasive, free of ionizing radiation, direct multiplanar and can identify most of the knee pathologies.

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