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Accuracy of MRI in the Diagnosis of Meniscal Lesions

 Angelica Mangrău¹, G.Botiş¹, G. Dinu², F.Oancea², Antonia Bănicescu¹, N. Bolog¹
¹ Phoenix Diagnostic Clinic, Bucharest
² Orthopedic Clinic, Emergency Hospital Bucharest


Menisci - internal structures of the knee frequent interested in traumatic pathology

Posttraumatic and degenerative lesions - frequent in young and active persons

Related with sports activities

Posterior horn of medial meniscus is frequent interested

Introduction - Imaging

MRI is the primary imaging modality
high resolution
soft tissue contrast
multiplanar capabilities
3.500 MR examination/ year
    ~ 14% knee MR examination    (400)

Intraarticular and extraarticular structures
Phoenix Diagnostic Clinic, Bucharest
MRI - diagnosis and characterisation of meniscal tears

 - lesion location, size, shape
 - presence and dimension of a displaced meniscal fragment
 - associated lesions
B. C. Vande Berg- AJR 2001; 176:771-776

A reported accuracy for
detection of meniscal
tears of 90-95%
Helms C.A. Radiology 2002; 224: 631-635
Internal meniscal tears - 42-year-old male
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External meniscal tears - 25-year-old male (clck to enlarge!)

19 patients- bilateral meniscal lesions

Se%Sp%ROC-Az (CI95%)
Both menisci6987.836 (.79- .88)

Diagnostic accuracy for meniscal tears

ROC curves for both menisci
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Internal meniscal tears  -  29-year-old female  -  External meniscal tears


  MR imaging is an accurate technique in evaluation of  meniscal tears in patients with knee trauma being an useful tool  in preoperative assessment

August 10, 2009

Phoenix Diagnostic Clinic, Bucharest

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