MR Imaging of anterolateral knee pain

Rafaela M. Smarlamaki, Foteini I. Terezaki, Eirini D. Savva, Apostolos Karantanas


The anterolateral knee represents a complex anatomic area including osseous, fatty, tendinous and ligamentous structures. Disorders afflicting this anatomic area include acute trauma, which usually involves more than one structures, repetitive trauma, degeneration, inflammation and tumours and tumour-like lesions. A detailed understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics and pathology of the anterolateral knee is essential for proper imaging interpretation and treatment management. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been established as the method of choice, showing high accuracy in diagnosing painful knees. The present review aims to explore the role of MR imaging in diagnosing the various disorders located in this anatomic area and to present representative cases derived from a single center.


MR imaging/diagnosis; knee joint; anterolateral knee/anatomy; anterolateral knee/pathology

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