Patients are referred for a knee MRI for many reasons. These can include:
- Arthritis in the knee
- Bakers Cyst – Buildup of fluid behind the knee
- Dislocated knee
- Fluid in the knee joint
- Infection in
- Knee cap injury
- Knee pain
- Locking of the knee joint
- Muscle, cartilage or ligament damage
- Weakness in the knee
- X ray follow up
Knee MRI is often used following surgery to check progress.
An MRI scan of the knee looks at the following:
A knee MRI looks at the lower femur, upper tibia, upper fibula and the patella. The knee MRI will detect bone fractures, cysts, bruises, tumours, infections and dislocations.
MRI can detect many problems with the knee cartilage including fraying, fissuring and missing cartilage.
Tendons and Ligaments
There are many tendons and ligaments in the knee and the MRI looks at the medial and collateral ligaments, the quadriceps, the patellar tendons, the anterior cruciate ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament.
The knee has a medial and lateral meniscus. Injuries can include partial or complete tears, both of which are very common knee injuries.
The MRI can detect muscle tears, tumours, strains and infections in and around the knee. It can also detect fluid collection behind the knee, called Bakers Cyst.
Your Knee MRI
A knee MRI scan usually takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you are attending Newcastle Clinic for a Knee MRI scan, please wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewellery before going into the MRI consultation room.