Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
December 2013 Special Issue Vol. 2(12), pp. 273-279
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The evaluatıon of knee MRI fındıngs ın terms of patellar chondromalacia

Yusuf Yarar1, Bozkurt Gulek2, Gokhan Soker2, Omer Kaya2, Kaan Esen2, Mehmet Sirik3, Eda Soker4

1Diyarbakir  Teaching and Research Hospital Department of Radiology, Diyarbakir, Turkey
2Adana Numune Teaching and Research Hospital Department of Radiology, Adana, Turkey
3Adiyaman University Department of Radiology, Adiyaman, Turkey
4Adana Numune Teaching and Research Hospital Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Adana, Turkey

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Accepted 28 November, 2013


The purpose of this study was to define the incidental frequency of patellar chondromalacia in patients who had not been previously diagnosed with this pathological entity, and also to identify the pathological conditions of the knee which may bear the potential to give way to the development of patellar chondromalacia. 280 patients, of whom 117 were males and 163 females, undertook MRI examinations of their knees at the Numune Teaching and Research Hospital, Adana, Turkey. MRI examinations were performed by the utilization of a 0.2 T low-field open scanner. The incidence of chondromalacia in the study group was found to be 1.8 %. In addition to this finding,  certain pathological entities were found to bear etiological potentials for the development of chondromalacia. It is concluded that even though the interpreter factor is important in the evaluation of MRI examinations of the knee in terms of chondromalacia,  the images obtained from the 0.2 T open scanner were good enough to demonstrate the morphologic changes of both patellar chondromalacia and other entities which may lead to this condition.

Keywords: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Patellar chondromalacia, knee


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