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Diagn Interv Imaging. 2012 May;93(5):331-41. doi: 10.1016/j.diii.2012.02.003. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

The contribution of MRI to the diagnosis of traumatic tears of the anterior cruciate ligament.

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Departement of Radiology, Hôpital Sainte-Marguerite, 270, boulevard Sainte-Marguerite, 13009 Marseille, France.


When faced with a clinical suspicion of knee ligament injury, MRI nowadays has a central role in the diagnostic strategy. In particular, it is essential for assessing the cruciate ligaments and any associated meniscal tears. The objective of this review is to present the various direct and indirect MRI signs of tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and then describe the lesions associated with it. The anatomical and clinical aspects are also discussed so that the contribution of MRI to the diagnosis and therapeutic management of an ACL tear can be better understood.

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