Current concepts in imaging of tendinopathy

Clin Radiol. 2001 Apr;56(4):253-67. doi: 10.1053/crad.2000.0653.


With the rising popularity of recreational sports, radiologists are being asked to image tendons with increasing frequency. Recognition of the critical link tendons provide between muscle and bone has also led to a better understanding of the processes leading to tendon damage. While plain radiography and CT have only a limited role to play in the diagnosis of tendon abnormality, the improvements in ultrasound and MRI technology mean that tendons can now be demonstrated in exquisite detail and previously undetectable abnormalities are readily demonstrated. This article reviews the structure and pathological processes affecting tendons and discusses the role of imaging in their assessment with an emphasis on ultrasound and MRI.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Muscular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Muscular Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscular Diseases / etiology
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography