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does a mri show scar tissue? if not what test shows it? on your knee

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Dr. Robert Jackson
43 years experience Dermatology
Have you: Have you had injury or surgery on your knee? It will show abnormalities but discuss with your orthopedist.
Answered on Jan 3, 2021
Dr. Shari Jackson
21 years experience Radiology
It is possible: Of all the medical imaging used to evaluate the knee, MRI would be the most likely to show scar tissue. Very mild scar tissue may not be visible, but beyond a certain threshold, MRI should be able to detect significant scar tissue. In other words, if the scarring is in any way causing a problem and/or is the result of significant prior injury or surgery, it should be visible with mri.
Answered on Mar 3, 2020
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Dr. Brian Sabb
25 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: Hi, MRI is the best imaging modality to see scar tissue in the knee. Scar tissue will show up as dark tissue or signal on the MRI. Scarring is most common to see on knee MR after surgery. Hope this helps
Answered on Feb 25, 2020

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