Knee MRI Scan Applications

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to produce images of the knee. Muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and other joint structures can be best studied and observed with an MRI. In many cases MRI gives detailed information about internal structures in the body that might not be seen well with an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan.

Knee MRI scan is done to evaluate the internal structures of the knee. Busy schedule, more sports activity, increase in obesity rates are some of the reasons why the use of MRI has increased.

Knee MRI scan is done to evaluate:

  • Bones: To detect bone bruises, fractures, cysts, tumors, infection and dislocations and to determine the extent of arthritis knee MRI scan is done. This test includes parts of the lower femur, upper tibia, upper fibula and the patella.
  • Cartilage: MRI can detect cartilage fraying, fissuring and other defects.  Damaged cartilage can lead to arthritis.
  • Tendons and Ligaments: The knee has a complex set of tendons and ligaments that an MRI can evaluate. Any kind of injury to the posterior cruciate ligament, medial and lateral collateral ligaments, the quadriceps and patellar tendons, popliteus tendon, can be evaluated by Knee MRI scan.
  • Meniscus: Meniscus injuries include partial or complete tears and meniscal degeneration. Even after you have had a mensical surgery, sometimes an MRI is suggested to check if further injuries have occurred.
  • Soft Tissues: To detect muscle tears, strains, tumors and infection or to detect a common fluid collection called a Bakers' cyst, a knee MRI scan can be done.
Knee MRI scan usually takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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