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Old 02-09-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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ronweakley HB User
How to read my MRI

Last month I had an MRI performed on my right knee.
Next step is a visit with an Orthopedic doctor. The appt is not until late March.
This week I received the "findings" and "impression" from the MRI in the mail. Can someone help me understand in layman terms what the impressions mean? I'd like to go into the appointment somewhat educated and able to ask good questions in order to make good decisions. Any thoughts from those in the know would be appreciated.
I won't write about the images or the findings but here's what is written under the subhead IMPRESSION: It reads:

1. Bilateral meniscal tears. Medially, there is a complex posterior horn tear with bucket handle component identified. The lateral meniscal tear is horizontal-oblique in orientation extending through the posterior horn.
2. Suprapatellar joint effusion
3. Mild thinning of the chondral surfaces of the medial and lateral copartment with focal grade 2-3 chondromalcia of the medial and lateral patellar facets.

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Old 02-10-2007, 09:39 AM   #2
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Tobias HB User
Re: How to read my MRI

The first question on your list should be:

Could you please explain to me what these remarks mean in plain language?
In the meantime, you can look up the unfamiliar terms in a dictionary or something. Here are some to get you started:

"Bilateral" means on both sides. "Medially" means in the center. "Bucket handle" is probably descriptive of --- the handle of a bucket if you use your imagination. "Lateral" means on the side. "Supra" means above. The patella is that round bone on your knee sometimes called the kneecap. "Effusion" is fluid. "Posterior" means in the rear. "The mild thinning" referred to is probably related to joint cartilage. Any word with the root "chondro" is referring to joint cartilage. "Chondromalacia" (note my correct spelling) is sometimes referred to as "runner's knee". The pain of runner's knee is a result of the kneecap mis-tracking in its groove along the femur. The "meniscus" is the cartilage between the ends of the joint bones. And I don't think there is such a word as "copartment" so I don't know what is meant by that word. Did I miss anything?

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