Imaging of meniscal allograft transplantation: what the radiologist needs to know

Skeletal Radiol. 2021 Apr;50(4):615-627. doi: 10.1007/s00256-020-03631-5. Epub 2020 Oct 3.


Meniscal allograft transplantation is an emerging surgical option for younger patients with symptomatic meniscal deficiency, which aims to restore anatomic biomechanics and load distribution in the knee joint, and by so doing to potentially delay accelerated osteoarthritis. In this review article, we summarize the structure and biomechanics of the native meniscus, describe indications and procedure technique for meniscal allograft transplantation, and demonstrate the spectrum of expected postoperative imaging and role of imaging to identify potential complications.

Keywords: MRI; Meniscal deficiency; Meniscal transplantation; Meniscectomy; Meniscus.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Allografts
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Joint / surgery
  • Menisci, Tibial / diagnostic imaging
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery
  • Meniscus* / diagnostic imaging
  • Meniscus* / surgery
  • Radiologists
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries*