MR Imaging-based Semi-quantitative Methods for Knee Osteoarthritis

Magn Reson Med Sci. 2016;15(2):153-64. doi: 10.2463/mrms.rev.2015-0058. Epub 2015 Dec 1.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based semi-quantitative (SQ) methods applied to knee osteoarthritis (OA) have been introduced during the last decade and have fundamentally changed our understanding of knee OA pathology since then. Several epidemiological studies and clinical trials have used MRI-based SQ methods to evaluate different outcome measures. Interest in MRI-based SQ scoring system has led to continuous update and refinement. This article reviews the different SQ approaches for MRI-based whole organ assessment of knee OA and also discuss practical aspects of whole joint assessment.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / diagnostic imaging*
  • Severity of Illness Index