People with an active lifestyle are prone to knee ligament tears. Once a ligament is torn, it can affect a person’s mobility. Ligaments are bands of tough, elastic connective tissue surrounding a joint. Its purpose is to give support and limit the movement of the joints. A torn ligament in the knee causes the person to suffer from pain-causing limited mobility.
When these ligaments are torn due to injuries, the knee joint becomes unstable and can result in the leg’s inability to pivot or twist. Fortunately, there are a lot of medical treatments that can address this problem including surgery. However, before seeking any medical help, it is important that you should be diagnosed properly. A thorough MRI scan will be able to determine if it is really a knee ligament tear condition or another injury. Like any other health issue, a proper diagnosis is necessary before you can receive the right treatment. At The Radiology Clinic, located in Rockville, MD, we provide high-quality state of the art medical diagnostic imaging to quickly pinpoint the issue to help you get on the road to recovery.
MRI for your knee ligament tears
MRI is a great tool for diagnosing the knee injuries including ligament tears. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a test done to make detailed pictures inside a person’s body. MRI is a very effective tool in determining the severity of your knee ligament injury. Compared to x-rays which only show the image of your bones, MRI allows the fellowship trained, board certified musculoskeletal radiologists at The Radiology Clinic see your knee bones, ligaments, tendons, menisci, and cartilage.
Aside from knee ligament tears, your physician may also require a knee MRI if he or she suspects any of the following conditions:
- Degenerative joint disorders
- Fractures in the bones
- Cartilage, ligaments, joints, meniscal, and tendon damage
- Decreases motor ability in knee joints
- Fluid buildup in the knee
- Issues in implanted devices in the body
- Traumatic injury
The best thing about MRI is that it is safer compared to CT scans and X-rays since it doesn’t use radiation. Children, 2nd or 3rd trimester pregnant women, and breastfeeding moms are allowed to undergo MRI tests in most circumstances. However, before undergoing an MRI test, you have to inform your physician if you have implanted devices in your body that contain metal such as a pacemaker.
The friendly and caring staff at The Radiology Clinic is ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 301-217-0500.