MR imaging of the diabetic foot

Radiol Clin North Am. 2004 Jan;42(1):61-71, vi. doi: 10.1016/S0033-8389(03)00163-5.


Diabetes is a common disease with potentially devastating complications affecting the foot and ankle. Ischemia and infarction, neuropathic osteoarthropathy, callus, ulceration, and infection result from the underlying neurologic and vascular disease. The MR imaging appearance of these complications is discussed. Recognition of these MR imaging patterns is important for formulation of an appropriate treatment plan.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Arthritis, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic / diagnosis
  • Diabetic Foot / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Foot / surgery
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Foot / blood supply
  • Foot Ulcer / diagnosis
  • Gangrene / diagnosis
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Leg Dermatoses / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Osteomyelitis / diagnosis
  • Quality of Life