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Offline melaniejo

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could MRI MISS SOMETHING
« on: October 26, 2009, 03:10:11 AM »
fell and tripped in small hole pain and swelling in knee after 2 months, but MRI did not show any meniscus tears or ligament or tendon tear.  Could it haue missed something?

Offline Jessyca

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Re: could MRI MISS SOMETHING
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2009, 03:32:12 AM »
Yes.  The scans aren't perfect.  Also, the skill of the technician will impact what they see. 


Seek a second (or even third) opinion if you think they missed something.
February 9, 2006 Fell skiing, knee twisted.
July 12, 2006 Arthroscopic surgery
October 23, 2006 Possible reinjury
January 10, 2007 Arthroscopic surgery
August 13, 2009 Bracing my knee until surgery in January
January 29, 2010 Arthroscopic surgery - LR/debridement

Offline derek320

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Re: could MRI MISS SOMETHING
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2009, 11:02:31 AM »
MRI's are usually pretty good at finding injuries, but sometimes they don't pick up everything or show the extent of damage. For example, an MRI I had taken showed an OCD lesion in my femur that looked pretty stable and not too large, when the surgeon got in my knee, he found a large lesion that wasn't attached to my bone at all, he also found a slight tear in my meniscus that didn't show up on the MRI
-Left knee history-
Oct 06- injured knee, MRI shows torn meniscus, no action
June 09- knee begins popping, MRI shows large OCD lesion
Aug 09- OCD lesion removed, microfracture surgery, partial meniscectomy
Jan 19- biopsy for MACI, partial meniscectomy
Apr 19- MACI implantantion, meniscus allograft

Offline kscope09

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Re: could MRI MISS SOMETHING
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2009, 11:24:21 AM »
Yes definately!  I have very little faith in them.  After a year of pain my GP finally sent me for one (after a year of pleading) and it showed up nothing.  My GP told me not to let my knee rule my life and that I could do anything I want.

The when I had the scope the OS found a small tear in my ACL, suprapatella and lateral plicas and a tear in the medial femoral cordyle.  The piece of ACL was stuck in my postereo-lateral compartment.  The funning whting is that it never locked once.

The only way your eve goping to know what is going on inside the joint is with arthroscopy and even that isn't 100%.  if the mri shows nothing and the symptoms carry on the get it scoped.
Feb 08 Inurred right knee
18 months of physio, knee tracking but knee still painful
Aug 09 Scope - Small tear in acl, fragment found in postereo-lateral compartment, suprapatella and lateral plica and small defect in mfc.
May 10 Right knee feeling better but left knee causing trouble as a result o