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Review article: the differential diagnosis of bone marrow edema on wrist MRI


There is a large variety of conditions that can result in ‘bone marrow edema’ or ‘bone marrow lesions’ (BML) in the wrist on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The combination of clinical history and the distribution of the BML can serve as a valuable clue to a specific diagnosis. This article illustrates the different patterns of BML in the wrist to serve as a useful guide when reviewing wrist MRI studies. Imaging artefacts will also be briefly covered.

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Lim, W., Saifuddin, A. Review article: the differential diagnosis of bone marrow edema on wrist MRI. Skeletal Radiol 48, 1525–1539 (2019).

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  • MRI
  • Wrist
  • Marrow edema
  • Bone marrow lesion