High-resolution 3-T MRI of the fingers: review of anatomy and common tendon and ligament injuries

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Mar;204(3):W314-23. doi: 10.2214/AJR.14.12776.


OBJECTIVE. With high-resolution 3-T MRI, the complex anatomy of the fingers can be imaged in exquisite detail to provide an accurate diagnosis of clinically important ligament and tendon injuries. CONCLUSION. We present our 3-T MRI protocol using a dedicated hand-and-wrist coil and review normal MRI anatomy of the fingers. We emphasize a systematic approach to the interpretation of finger MRI examinations and illustrate this approach with examples of tendon and ligament abnormalities.

Keywords: 3-T MRI; collateral ligaments; extensor tendons; finger; finger pulleys; ligament and tendon injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Finger Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Fingers / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Ligaments / injuries*
  • Ligaments / pathology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis*