Fortschr Röntgenstr
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-119038
Musculoskeletal System
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Diagnostic Accuracy of an MRI Protocol of the Knee Accelerated Through Parallel Imaging in Correlation to Arthroscopy

Article in several languages: English | deutschJohannes Walter Schnaiter1, Frank Roemer2, Axel McKenna-Kuettner1, Hans-Joachim Patzak3, Matthias Stefan May2, Rolf Janka2, Michael Uder2, Wolfgang Wuest2
  • 1Radiology, Community Practice of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Bad Nauheim, Germany
  • 2Radiological Institute, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
  • 3Surgery, Sports Clinic, 61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany
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Publication History

07 May 2017

12 August 2017

Publication Date:
26 September 2017 (eFirst)


Purpose Parallel imaging allows for a considerable shortening of examination times. Limited data is available about the diagnostic accuracy of an accelerated knee MRI protocol based on parallel imaging evaluating all knee joint compartments in a large patient population compared to arthroscopy.

Materials and Methods 162 consecutive patients with a knee MRI (1.5 T, Siemens Aera) and arthroscopy were included. The total MRI scan time was less than 9 minutes. Meniscus and cartilage injuries, cruciate ligament lesions, loose joint bodies and medial patellar plicae were evaluated. Sensitivity (SE), specificity (SP), positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV), as well as diagnostic accuracy were determined.

Results For the medial meniscus, the values were: SE 97 %, SP 88 %, PPV 94 %, and NPV 94 %. For the lateral meniscus the values were: SE 77 %, SP 99 %, PPV 98 %, and NPV 89 %. For cartilage injuries the values were: SE 72 %, SP 80 %, PPV 86 %, and NPV 61 %. For the anterior cruciate ligament the values were: SE 90 %, SP 94 %, PPV 77 %, and NPV 98 %, while all values were 100 % for the posterior cruciate ligament. For loose bodies the values were: SE 48 %, SP 96 %, PPV 62 %, and NPV 93 %, and for the medial patellar plicae the values were: SE 57 %, SP 88 %, PPV 18 %, and NPV 98 %.

Conclusion A knee MRI examination with parallel imaging and a scan time of less than 9 minutes delivers reliable results with high diagnostic accuracy.

Key Points

  • An accelerated knee MRI protocol with parallel imaging allows for high diagnostic accuracy.

  • Especially meniscal and cruciate ligament injuries are well depicted.

  • Cartilage injuries seem to be overestimated.

Citation Format

  • Schnaiter JW, Roemer F, McKenna-Kuettner A et al. Diagnostic Accuracy of an MRI Protocol of the Knee Accelerated Through Parallel Imaging in Correlation to Arthroscopy. Fortschr Röntgenstr 2017; DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-119038