MR imaging of normal extrinsic wrist ligaments using thin slices with clinical and surgical correlation

Maryam Shahabpour, M. De Maeseneer, C. Pouders, L. Van Overstraeten, P. Ceuterick, Y. Fierens, J. Goubau, J. De Mey

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Abstract

Eighty-nine MR examinations of the wrist were retrospectively analyzed. MRI
results were compared with clinical findings and/or arthroscopy. Thin proton
density and T2 weighted sequences and 3D DESS weighted sequences were applied on
a 1.5T scanner. On the palmar side three radiocarpal ligaments are recognized
including the radioscaphocapitate, radiolunotriquetral, radioscapholunate, and
midcarpal triquetroscaphoidal ligaments. Ulnocarpal ligaments include the
ulnolunate ligament and the ulnotriquetral ligament. On the dorsal side three
ligaments are recognized: the dorsal radiolunotriquetral, and the midcarpal
triquetroscaphoidal and triquetro-trapezoido-trapezial. The collateral ligaments
include the radial and ulnar collateral ligament. MR is a valuable technique in
the assessment of the extrinsic and midcarpal ligaments. Depiction of the
extrinsic ligaments can best be accomplished with coronal 3D DESS sequences and
sagittal and transverse proton density and T2 weighted sequences with thin
slices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • MRI extrinsic ligaments
  • Carpal instability
  • Wrist
  • Injuries and wrist

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