Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 183–185 | Cite as

The value of computed tomography scanning in chondromalacia patellae

  • Frank Boven
  • Marie-Anne Bellemans
  • Jean Geurts
  • Hugo De Boeck
  • Roland Potvliege


Sixtyseven patients with pain in the knee were studied. A computed tomography (CT) score indicating chondromalacia was devised, based on the results of CT after arthrography. This score takes account of the regularity, the congruity, and the imbibition of contrast material. Thus the patients could be divided into four groups: those who definitely have chondromalacia (++), probably (+), probably not (±), and definitely not (-). These results were compared with the clinical diagnosis based on clinical signs, arthroscopy, or operation. Eighteen patients had clinically proved chondromalacia, CT scored 14++, 3+ and 1±. Twentynine patients had no chondromalacia, CT scored 19-, 8±, and 2+. Twenty patients had an uncertain clinical diagnosis. Arthrography was less accurate in detecting chondromalacia.

Key words

Chondromalacia patellae Computed tomography scanning 


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© International Skeletal Society 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Boven
    • 1
  • Marie-Anne Bellemans
    • 1
  • Jean Geurts
    • 1
  • Hugo De Boeck
    • 1
  • Roland Potvliege
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and OrthopedicsAkademisch Ziekenhuis V.U.B.BrusselsBelgium

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