Diagnostic value of MR arthrography in detection of intrinsic carpal ligament lesions: Use of cine-MR arthrography as a new approach
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine
Twenty-five patients with chronic wrist pain and a preliminary diagnosis of carpal instability were examined with conventional MR imaging and MR arthrography with single compartment intra-articular injection. A new cine-MR arthrography technique, with image acquisition at every 5 s during intra-articular injection, was performed in 17 subjects. The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic value of MR arthrography in ligamentous lesions of the wrist and to assess the value of cine-MR arthrography in comparison with arthroscopy and/or surgery. Magnetic resonance arthrography, a semi-invasive technique, increased the diagnostic accuracy of intrinsic carpal ligament injuries. Cine-MR arthrography can be considered as a promising technique especially for the evaluation of lunatotriquetral and scapholunate ligament injuries of the wrist.