Purpose: Tendon pathology around the hip is a common entity. The aim of this study was to detect tendon abnormalities around the hip in a population of asymptomatic volunteers. Materials and methods: Fifty volunteers (100 hips) referred for non-musculoskeletal conditions were evaluated with an additional coronal STIR-weighted MRI imaging on a 1.5 MR unit. This group was composed of 27 women and 23 men with a mean age of 52 (19-91 years). The images were interpreted independently by 2 musculoskeletal radiologists. All tendons around the hip were given a score from 0 to 4, with a score 0 corresponding to no abnormality, score 1 to signal alteration around the tendon, score 2 to minimal signal abnormality in the tendon, score 3 partial tear and score 4 complete rupture. The trochanteric bursa was also evaluated and its size was measured. It was also given a score from 0 to 3 (0: no abnormality, 1: slight hypersignal, 2: bursitis < 10 mm, 3: bursitis ≥ 10 mm). Results: High intratendinous signal was commonly found at the joined insertion of biceps femoris and semitendinosus (18% L, 20% R), the semimembranosus (24% L, 20% R), gluteus minimus (6% L, 11% R) and rectus femoris (9% L, 3% R). A small trochanteric bursa was seen in 33% of the volunteers on the left side and 32% on the right side. The interobserver correlation was very good with an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.79 (CI: 0.74-0.85). Conclusion: Slight signal alterations might be found in the insertions of the rectus femoris, hamstrings and gluteus minimus tendons. A small to moderate trochanteric bursitis might also be seen. This suggests that care should be taken when interpreting MR scans to attribute symptoms to these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Article number109876
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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  • Hip
  • tendinopathy
  • Hip, tendons
  • Trochanteric bursa


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