Inside the Reading Room: Detecting Meniscus and ACL Tears with MRI

Apr 28, 2015

 

In this video, Dr. David Asinger, a musculoskeletal radiologist at Suburban Imaging, shows how meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are detected on an MRI of the knee. 

A torn meniscus is a very common knee injury. The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions the knee. Each knee has two menisci – one located on the outside of the knee (lateral meniscus) and one located on the inside (medial meniscus).

Another common knee injury is a torn ACL. Two cruciate ligaments are found inside the knee joint, making a cross shape. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located in the front of the knee, and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is located in the back. Together, these ligaments control the back and forth motion of the knee.

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