Radiologic Imaging of Knee Injuries

  • Pieter Van DyckEmail author
  • Damien Desbuquoit
  • Jan L. M. A. Gielen
  • Paul M. Parizel


Many advances have been made in knee imaging, particularly in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Today, MRI of the knee is the most frequently requested MR examination of the musculoskeletal system. It is common practice to acquire an MRI after clinical examination and radiographs in the workup of suspected knee derangement. Frequently, it is the definitive examination, providing critical information regarding the decision to treat conservatively or surgically. These factors have led to the wide acceptance by the clinical community of MR knee studies as a noninvasive replacement for diagnostic arthroscopy.

In this chapter, the spectrum of imaging modalities that are commonly used in the knee will be described first. Second, the most common knee disorders will be discussed, emphasizing the role of MRI.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Articular Cartilage Posterior Cruciate Ligament Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Medial Collateral Ligament 
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Anterior cruciate ligament


Bone marrow edema


Conventional radiography


Computed tomography


Driven equilibrium Fourier transform


Double echo steady state


Distance factor


Extended field-of-view ultrasound


Echo-train length


Fast low-angle shot


Field of view


Fat suppression


Gradient-recalled echo


Iliotibial band friction syndrome




Medial collateral ligament


Multiplanar reformat


Magnetic resonance imaging


Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome


Parallel acquisition technique


Posterior cruciate ligament


Proton density-weighted imaging


Posterolateral complex




Signal-to-noise ratio


Sampling perfection with application-optimized contrasts using different flip-angle evolutions


Steady-state free precession


Slice thickness




Acquisition time


Time to echo


Turbo factor


Repetition time


Turbo spin-echo




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter Van Dyck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Damien Desbuquoit
    • 1
  • Jan L. M. A. Gielen
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Paul M. Parizel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAntwerp University Hospital, University of AntwerpEdegem, AntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyAntwerp University HospitalEdegemBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Sports MedicineAntwerp University HospitalEdegemBelgium
  4. 4.Department of MedicineAntwerp UniversityEdegemBelgium

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