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Musculoskeletal Imaging

E3281. Sports Injuries

Gunduru M,  Daruwalla V,  Abdelhadi S,  Raval K,  Al-Hihi M. Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Address correspondence to M. Gunduru (mgunduru@dmc.org)

Background Information: Imaging sports injuries is challenging, interesting and evolving. These injuries can be related to trauma or overuse resulting in fractures, ligament or tendon injuries. Complex anatomy can make clinical diagnosis somewhat difficult. Various imaging techniques contribute to the diagnosis of sports injuries and guide treatment. The aim of this educational exhibit is to provide a comprehensive overview of the normal anatomy, imaging techniques used in the evaluation of patients who have sustained sports-related injuries, and imaging appearances of sport injuries.

Educational Goals/Teaching Points: The educational goals for this exhibit are to learn various sports-related injuries and their mechanism of injury, recognize normal anatomy, and lastly, review the imaging techniques and characteristic appearances of sports injuries involving the upper and lower extremities.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques: Sports imaging is playing an increasing role in confirming diagnosis, detecting other conditions, assessing the severity of the lesion preoperatively, and guiding and monitoring treatment. Imaging techniques such as MRI, high-resolution sonography (USG), MDCT, and plain radiographs can be used. We provide a comprehensive review of sports-related injuries of the upper and lower extremities, including bone and soft tissue pathology.

Conclusion: Diagnostic imaging provides useful evaluation of sports injuries and facilitates appropriate treatment. An understanding of the relevant anatomy, normal imaging appearance, and the spectrum of imaging findings in the setting of sports injuries is important for the practicing radiologist for accurate interpretation.