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Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2015;49(3):274-9. doi: 10.3944/AOTT.2015.14.0013.

Diagnostic efficacy of standard knee magnetic resonance imaging and radiography in evaluating integrity of anterior cruciate ligament before unicompartmental knee arthroplasty.

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1
Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Antalya, Turkey. leventaltinel@yahoo.com.
2
Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Antalya, Turkey.
3
Afyon Kocatepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Afyon, Turkey.
4
Afyon Kocatepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Afyon, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to investigate the diagnostic efficacy of standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and plain radiographs in determining the status of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) for surgical decision-making processes in cases of medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA).

METHODS:

A total of 59 knees of 36 consecutive patients who underwent knee replacement surgery were analyzed retrospectively. MRI scans were assessed independently by 3 observers (radiologists), while the plain radiographs were evaluated by an independent radiologist. Results were compared with the intraoperative ACL status. Cross tabulation was used for descriptive statistics to analyze sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of MRI and plain radiographs.

RESULTS:

When the same observer assessed and classified the MRI twice, the reproducibility of the classification system varied from moderate to excellent. However, the interobserver concordance was moderate. The sensitivity of MRI was 73% and the specificity was 81%, while the sensitivity and specificity of plain radiographs was 36% and 79%, respectively. The accuracy of MRI was 80%, while that of the radiographs was 71%.

CONCLUSION:

Detection of intact ACL may be possible on available plain radiographs without necessity for additional means such as MRI, which may cause increase costs and loss of time. In cases where there is uncertainty regarding ACL integrity in degenerative knees, although standard MRI provides additional information on ACL status, it is not of sufficient diagnostic value.

PMID:
26200406
DOI:
10.3944/AOTT.2015.14.0013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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