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What does hypointense mean on an mri scan of the knee

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kamran Janjua
Radiology 22 years experience
Need context: "hypointense" means "dark" signal on either t1 (more likely) or t2 weighted sequences. These mean different things, and thus more info is needed. Y... Read More
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
MRI Description: Structures seen on MRI can be described as being hypointense. They mean a hypointense signal, where an area of darkness in the image is hypointense, ... Read More

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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Bone/cartilage shift: Osteochondritis dessicans refers to a condition in which a piece of cartilage and a small piece of bone have come detached. It is common in the knee. ... Read More
Dr. Cassandra Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
See answer below: Osteochondritis dissecans usually occurs in the knee, but may in the elbow. A piece of cartilage along with a thin layer of bone becomes loose, cause... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thys Geldenhuys
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Orthopedic : Best is to be examined by your local orthopedic surgeon that specializes in knee surgery. They can suggest if you need to do an MRI.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Moji Ariyo
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Knee problems: You did not mention if pain or not. You should follow up with an orthopedist but if you already have and nothing was offered, go see a physical ther... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Silvers
Podiatry 26 years experience
Contact: I would advise that you get a copy of the radiology MRI report and then call the Radiologist and ask him/her to explain the report to you. Many physi... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Shen
Cardiac Electrophysiology 31 years experience
Depends: It depends if it impairs your function or not. If not, do nothing.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 42 years experience
Not really: The MRI is very good at saying it's torn. As with many things, not when it occurred.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Garry Choy
Radiology 16 years experience
Usually: Usually, particularly if the knee implant is more recent, it is safe to undergo an MRI scan but definitely check with your physician and radiology pra... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Not usually: MRI usually can't tell the age of a scar.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 24 years experience
Yes.: Knee prostheses are not a contraindication to MRI - however, the study will be very limited if trying to look at the knee with the prothesis because t... Read More

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