An MRI, which uses magnetic waves to create detailed images of the tissues, bones, and organs in the body, is often used to diagnose knee injuries. The knee is one of the most commonly injured body parts because it is so integral to motion, so the MRI is an important tool to pinpoint the cause of any unusual knee issue so that your doctor can develop an accurate treatment plan.
Meniscus Tears – The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in your knee that cushions and stabilizes your knee joint. An MRI will be able to tell if your meniscus is torn or if it is appearing abnormal for any reason.
Ligament Injuries – Ligaments are bands of fibrous tissue that hold your knee joint together. They also moderate how to joint moves. If you’ve ever hear of someone tearing their ACL because of a sports accident, they are talking about the ligament that prevents the shin bone from moving in front of the knee. Three other ligaments around the knee joint could be causing knee pain. An MRI can successfully identify a torn ligament so that it can be treated.
Tendon Issues – Tendons are the tissues that connect the muscle to the bone. There are two tendons attached to the knee joint, the patellar tendon and the quadriceps tendon. An MRI will be able to detect tendonitis, or chronic inflammation in the tendons, or tendon ruptures.
When you are experiencing knee pain, visit our imaging center in Flushing, NY, for an open MRI. We can create a detailed image of your knee to identify any knee injuries you may have so that you can begin a treatment plan.