MRI of the Knee Meniscus

Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2022 May;30(2):307-324. doi: 10.1016/j.mric.2021.11.009. Epub 2022 Apr 13.


Menisci are small fibrocartilaginous structures that are essential for the knee stability and preservation of articular cartilage. This article discusses the anatomy and function, variations, appearance and consequence of tears, and postoperative evaluation. We also address pitfalls and signs which can help improve diagnostic accuracy.

Keywords: Knee; MRI; Meniscus; Meniscus anatomy; Meniscus tear; Pitfalls; Secondary signs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries* / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Menisci, Tibial / diagnostic imaging
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery
  • Meniscus* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries* / surgery