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Collateral ligaments of the elbow: conventional MR imaging and MR arthrography with coronal oblique plane and elbow flexion.

PURPOSE: To determine the best plane and position of the elbow for optimal visualization of normal and abnormal collateral ligaments with conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and MR arthrography, to determine the normal appearance of the collateral ligaments at MR arthrography and to assess use of MR arthrography in evaluation of collateral ligamentous lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine cadaveric elbow specimens were imaged with and without intraarticular administration of gadolinium-containing solution in several planes that were identified as potentially useful in a pilot study in two specimens. MR imaging findings were compared with anatomic findings. RESULTS: Normal and abnormal ligaments were best depicted in a 20 degrees posterior oblique coronal plane in relation to the humeral shaft with the elbows extended and a coronal plane aligned with the humeral shaft with the elbows slightly flexed (20 degrees-30 degrees of flexion). Gadolinium enhancement improved the delineation of normal and abnormal ligaments on T1-weighted images in each case. CONCLUSION: The posterior oblique coronal plane with the elbows extended or the coronal plane aligned with the humeral shaft with the elbows slightly flexed allows accurate assessment of the collateral ligaments. Gadolinium-enhanced MR arthrography of the elbow seems to be a promising technique.[1]

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  1. Collateral ligaments of the elbow: conventional MR imaging and MR arthrography with coronal oblique plane and elbow flexion. Cotten, A., Jacobson, J., Brossmann, J., Pedowitz, R., Haghighi, P., Trudell, D., Resnick, D. Radiology. (1997) [Pubmed]
 
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