Michael J. Tuite, MDa'b'*, Richard Kijowski, MDa'b aUniversity of Wisconsin Medical School, 750 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53705 USA bDepartment of Radiology, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, E3/311, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792, USA
MRI is a valuable tool for evaluating the athlete with elbow pain, particularly in those with nonlocalizable pain. MRI also is helpful in sorting out the cause of pain in athletes who may have acute trauma superimposed on tendinopathy or other chronic injuries from repetitive microtrauma. Even in athletes in whom the cause of pain confidently can be diagnosed clinically, MRI can document the injury severity, which can be helpful for estimating recovery time or in preoperative planning. By contributing to an accurate early diagnosis, MRI also can help minimize the time that athletes are away from their sports.
There are some sports injuries in which the only imaging of the elbow that is necessary is a radiograph or CT. For many elbow injuries, however, MRI is preferred because of the superior soft tissue detail. Adding intra-articular contrast provides even better detail of the hyaline cartilage and of the undersurface partial tears of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). In this article the authors describe their approach to MRI interxpretation of elbow injuries in athletes, including osteochondral lesions, ligament and tendon tears, and nerve entrapment.
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