Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2017; 21(04): 392-402
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604006
Review Article
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MRI of the Intrinsic Muscles of the Hand

Gustav Andreisek1, 2, Benedikt Kislinger3, Riham Dessouky4, 5, Avneesh Chhabra4
  • 1Department of Radiology, Spital Thurgau, Cantonal Hospital Münsterlingen, Münsterlingen, Switzerland
  • 2University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 3Department of Radiology, Spital Thurgau, Cantonal Hospital Frauenfeld, Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • 4UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
  • 5Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt
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Publication Date:
03 August 2017 (online)


This review article reviews muscle function and anatomy, describes normal magnetic resonance (MR) imaging anatomy, and shows a spectrum of abnormal imaging findings. It covers the lumbrical, interosseous, and thenar and hypothenar muscles. The described spectrum of abnormalities includes anatomical variants, exercise-induced MR signal changes, denervation syndromes, and myositis, as well as tumors. Advanced imaging techniques are discussed at the end to provide a look at future hand muscle imaging.