Common indications for MRI of the elbow

What are common indications for MRI of the elbow?

  • • Bone and cartilage pathology: radiographically occult fractures including stress fractures, bone contusions, tumors, osteochondritis dissecans, and cartilage defects.
  • • Ligament tears.
  • • Muscle and tendon pathology: medial epicondylitis, lateral epicondylitis, distal biceps tears, triceps tears, and muscle strains/injury.
  • • Joint space pathology: effusions, synovitis, and arthropathies.
  • • Ulnar nerve pathology: neuritis and cubital tunnel syndrome.

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