Orthopedics This Week—April 12, 2017
Orthopedics This Week reported on a study that stated that early osteoarthritis caused by an ACL injury can be detected through more sensitive MRI techniques. The study, which was published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine and co-authored by HSS sports medicine surgeon Scott A. Rodeo, MD, observed patients who underwent ACL reconstruction and found changes in cartilage composition six months after corrective surgery.
Dr. Rodeo explained, "the underlying issue in this study relates to the well-established risk of post-traumatic osteoarthritis in the ACL injured knee. However, the clinical challenge is that we need better methods for early detection of adverse cartilage changes in the injured knee. Plain radiographs, and even standard morphological MRI, are relatively insensitive for detection of early changes in the ACL injured knee."
"I believe that an important message is that quantitative MRI techniques can be used to obtain information about changes in the microstructure and biomechanical composition of articular cartilage early after ACL injury, long before changes are noted on radiographs and even standard morphological MRI," he added.
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