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J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2001 Jan-Feb;9(1):2-8.

Magnetic resonance imaging of articular cartilage of the knee.

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Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8042, USA.

Abstract

Recently developed magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques allow accurate detection of moderate- and high-grade articular cartilage defects. There has been increased interest in MR imaging of articular cartilage in part because it is useful in identifying patients who may benefit from new articular cartilage replacement therapies, including chondrocyte transplantation, improved techniques for osteochondral transplantation, chondroprotective agents, and cartilage growth stimulation factors. The modality also has the potential to play an important role in the follow-up of patients during and after treatment. Detection of articular cartilage defects is beneficial for patients undergoing arthroscopy for other injuries, such as meniscal tears, because the presence of articular cartilage injury worsens prognosis and may modify therapy options.

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