MR Imaging of the Ankle and Hindfoot

Jenny Bencardino1, Zehava S. Rosenberg1

1 Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Medical Center, New York, New York
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Unit Number:  Unit A25.1
DOI:  10.1002/0471142719.mia2501s015
Online Posting Date:  June, 2008
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the diagnostic modality of choice for evaluation of traumatic ligamentous and tendinous injuries of the ankle and hindfoot. MRI is also valuable in the detection of occult bony trauma, osteochondral injuries, avascular necrosis, osteomyelitis, and a variety of other osseous conditions. This unit presents basic protocols for T1‐ and T2‐weighted sequences and short tau inversion recovery (STIR) imaging. Additional imaging following intravenous gadolinium is indicated in selected cases.

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Table of Contents

  • Basic Protocol 1: MR Examination of the Ankle and Hindfoot
  • Commentary
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
  • Tables
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Basic Protocol 1: MR Examination of the Ankle and Hindfoot

  • Extravascular contrast agent (e.g., Omniscan, Magnevist, Prohance)
  • Normal saline (0.9% NaCl), sterile
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Literature Cited

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