Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 39, Issue 12, pp 1161–1173 | Cite as

Magnetic resonance imaging of anatomical variations in the knee. Part 1: ligamentous and musculotendinous

  • Philippa TylerEmail author
  • Abhijit Datir
  • Asif Saifuddin
Review Article


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is now the modality of choice for the investigation of internal derangement of the knee. Technological advances, including the wider availability of stronger magnets and new sequences, allows improved visualisation of smaller structures. Normal variants must be recognised as such, so that both over-investigation and mis-diagnosis are avoided. This article reviews both the well-recognised and the less common ligamentous and musculotendinous anatomical variants within the knee and illustrates their imaging characteristics on MRI.


Normal variant Ligament Tendon Knee anatomy MRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippa Tyler
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Abhijit Datir
    • 3
  • Asif Saifuddin
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyThe Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS TrustStanmoreUK
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, St Mary’s HospitalImperial College Healthcare NHS TrustLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyJackson Memorial HospitalMiamiUSA
  4. 4.The Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal SciencesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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