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5 - Knee joint magnetic resonance imaging in symptomatic patients
Nuran Yılmaz, Ahmet Mesrur Halefoğlu, A. Deniz Kahraman, Barış Türk, Abdullah Mahmutoğlu, Muzaffer Başak
The goal of this study is to present the most common knee pathologies according to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR!) appearances of symptomatic 634 knee patients.
The data of symptomatic 634 cases were analysed between January 2003 and May 2004. Patients were examined with MRl using 1.5 Tesla MRI device (Picker-Eclipse) and knee coil. For all patients sagittal, coronal and axial ¡Pains MRI images were obtained. 341 (53.7%) patients were male and the remaining 293 (46.3) were female. The average age was 58.6 ( 22-76) .
Intra-articularfluid collection (63.72%), medial meniscal injuries (47.80%), anterior cruciate ligament injury (28.86%), Bakers cyst (% 26.81), lateral meniscal injuries (18.92%), degeneration of medial (14.19%) and lateral menisci (9.62%) were the most common knee pathologies encountered. The less common pathologies were contusion (3.78%), chondromalasia of patella (2.36%), posterior cruciate ligament injury (2.2%), medial (2.84%) and lateral (1.73%) collateral ligament injuries respectively.
MRI was established as the diagnostic procedure of choice, supplemental to the physical examination and plain x-ray studies for virtually all suspected disorders of the knee. MRI may serve as the second opinion before knee arthroscopy or surgery.
Keywords: Knee, MR!
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