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Cross-sectional imaging of the patellofemoral joint and surrounding structures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2028059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging are extremely useful in the accurate diagnosis of anterior knee pain, a common complaint arising from numerous causes (including fracture, chondromalacia patellae, and alignment and tracking abnormalities). Plain CT is effective for evaluating intraosseous lesions of the knee. Although CT arthrography provides excellent visualization of the patellar articular cartilage, the technique is expensive and invasive. Cine CT is an excellent method for assessing patellofemoral tracking and alignment. Kinematic MR imaging can also perform this function. In addition, MR imaging can provide valuable information concerning the status of patellar cartilage. Although MR imaging can accurately show high-grade chondromalacia patellae, it is less accurate in the detection of low-grade disease. The authors believe that MR imaging and plain radiography offer radiologists the greatest latitude in making a specific diagnosis of the cause of anterior knee pain; however, CT is a useful alternative.
W F Conway; C W Hayes; T Loughran; W G Totty; L K Griffeth; G Y el-Khoury; F G Shellock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0271-5333     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiographics     Publication Date:  1991 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-06-07     Completed Date:  1991-06-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302501     Medline TA:  Radiographics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  195-217     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond 23298-0615.
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MeSH Terms
Cartilage, Articular / pathology,  radiography
Femur / pathology*,  radiography
Joint Diseases / diagnosis,  radiography
Knee Joint / pathology*,  radiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging* / methods
Patella / pathology*,  radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / methods

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