Imaging of Cartilage in the Athlete

Clin Sports Med. 2017 Jul;36(3):427-445. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2017.02.002. Epub 2017 Apr 2.


MRI remains the optimal imaging modality to evaluate cartilage injuries in the athlete. As these injuries have no intrinsic healing capacity, early and accurate noninvasive diagnosis remains integral to determining the most appropriate treatment option in this class of patients. Although surgical success depends primarily on clinical outcomes, MRI evaluation can provide pertinent information regarding the status of the surgical repair and the progression of cartilage disease.

Keywords: Cartilage injury; Cartilage repair; MRI.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty / methods
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Cartilage, Articular / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cartilage, Articular / injuries*
  • Cartilage, Articular / surgery
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods