MRI appearance of chondral delamination injuries of the knee

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 May;184(5):1486-9. doi: 10.2214/ajr.184.5.01841486.


Objective: We describe the MRI appearance of five cases of chondral delamination of the knee.

Conclusion: Chondral delamination injuries of the knee show increased linear signal abnormality at the junction of the articular cartilage and subchondral bone on T2-weighted (fast spin-echo) images of the knee. Identifying and treating these lesions results in an improved prognosis for patients with this injury.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cartilage, Articular / injuries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies