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Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2001 Sep;5(3):227-34.

High-resolution outpatient imaging of the wrist.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642-8648, USA.


The authors describe their experience with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of pathologic conditions of the wrist in an outpatient setting. In that setting, because time and quality are both important factors, they have concentrated on developing protocols that will allow effective, time-efficient, high-resolution MRI of the wrist. With these wrist imaging protocols, they have evaluated the majority of commonly encountered pathologic conditions of the wrist. They have found that high-resolution images, which can be acquired in a very timely fashion when fast spin echo sequences are used in imaging protocols, will demonstrate the most common pathologic conditions, including triangular fibrocartilage and ligament tears in the wrist. They present the practical issues of patient position and imaging sequences as well as the imaging findings in those pathologic conditions.

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