Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 28, Issue 12, pp 663–669

MR imaging of inflammatory joint diseases of the foot and ankle

  • Dominik Weishaupt
  • M. E. Schweitzer
  • Faiyaz Alam
  • David Karasick
  • Keith Wapner
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s002560050571

Cite this article as:
Weishaupt, D., Schweitzer, M., Alam, F. et al. Skeletal Radiol (1999) 28: 663. doi:10.1007/s002560050571

Abstract 

Pain affecting the foot and ankle is a common complaint frequently attributable to inflammatory joint diseases. Although conventional radiography is regarded as the initial step in the diagnostic investigation, MR imaging may contribute to further evaluation of these patients due to the direct visualization of the inflammatory soft tissue formed in the disease and its effects on bone, cartilage and para-articular structures. The high spatial resolution of MR imaging combined with tissue characterization often allows initial detection of inflammatory joint abnormalities at a stage that precedes radiographic evaluation. The typical MR appearance of certain inflammatory joint disorders may be helpful in narrowing the wide differential diagnosis. Furthermore, MR imaging can be used for an exact assessment of the extent of the disorder as well as its complications. Accurate diagnostic information can guide the clinician in further diagnostic tests and implementation of proper therapeutic treatment.

Key words MR imagingFoot and anklearthritisSynovitis

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© International Skeletal Society 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominik Weishaupt
    • 1
  • M. E. Schweitzer
    • 1
  • Faiyaz Alam
    • 1
  • David Karasick
    • 1
  • Keith Wapner
    • 2
  1. 1.Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Department of Radiology, 111 S, 11th Street, 3390 Gibbon, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USAUS
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hahneman Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAUS