From the RSNA Refresher Courses. Radiological Society of North America. MR imaging of the ankle and foot

Radiographics. 2000 Oct;20 Spec No:S153-79. doi: 10.1148/radiographics.20.suppl_1.g00oc26s153.


Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has opened new horizons in the diagnosis and treatment of many musculoskeletal diseases of the ankle and foot. It demonstrates abnormalities in the bones and soft tissues before they become evident at other imaging modalities. The exquisite soft-tissue contrast resolution, noninvasive nature, and multiplanar capabilities of MR imaging make it especially valuable for the detection and assessment of a variety of soft-tissue disorders of the ligaments (eg, sprain), tendons (tendinosis, peritendinosis, tenosynovitis, entrapment, rupture, dislocation), and other soft-tissue structures (eg, anterolateral impingement syndrome, sinus tarsi syndrome, compressive neuropathies [eg, tarsal tunnel syndrome, Morton neuroma], synovial disorders). MR imaging has also been shown to be highly sensitive in the detection and staging of a number of musculoskeletal infections including cellulitis, soft-tissue abscesses, and osteomyelitis. In addition, MR imaging is excellent for the early detection and assessment of a number of osseous abnormalities such as bone contusions, stress and insufficiency fractures, osteochondral fractures, osteonecrosis, and transient bone marrow edema. MR imaging is increasingly being recognized as the modality of choice for assessment of pathologic conditions of the ankle and foot.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries / diagnosis
  • Ankle Joint / anatomy & histology*
  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis
  • Contusions / diagnosis
  • Foot / anatomy & histology*
  • Foot Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Foot Injuries / diagnosis
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Muscular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / diagnosis
  • Osteomyelitis / diagnosis
  • Rupture
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / diagnosis
  • Tendon Injuries