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A 44-year-old female asked:

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

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 45 years experience
Have you: Have you had injury or surgery on your knee? It will show abnormalities but discuss with your orthopedist.
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Dr. Shari Jackson
Radiology 23 years experience
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.
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Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
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
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A 44-year-old female asked:

Does scar tissue in your knee show up on a mri? Please help

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 31 years experience
It can: Depending on the amount of scar tissue and its location. Mri is excellent at looking at the soft tissues of the knee. If your knee clicks, a MRI will probably determine the cause if a physical examination cannot.
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