September Highlight | Midterm Adolescent Cartilage Assessment 3T MRI
ACL tears are fairly common in the pediatric population. ACL reconstruction is a promising surgical procedure with clinically proven short term benefits of maintaining knee stability and function. In the long run, the incidence of early onset osteoarthritis is what a physician tries to prevent. With the advance in MRI technology, radiologists are able to detect early cartilage changes in the knee. We are now enrolling patients in a study in which we are asking the patient some questions about their knee function and using high tech imaging to assess if they’ve had any growth disturbance and cartilage disruption due to the involvement of the growth plate during the ACL reconstruction. For this study, we are including patients who had an ACL Reconstruction while they were skeletally immature a minimum of 5 years ago. With this valuable information, we hope to learn how our patients are performing at their midterm follow up both functionally and anatomically.