Victor Casula1, Jukka Hirvasniemi2, Petri Lehenkari3, Risto Ojala4, Alaaeldin Kamel5, Simo Saarakkala2, 5, Eveliina Lammentausta5, Miika T. Nieminen4, 5
1Department of Radiology, , University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland; 2Department of Medical Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland; 3Department of Anatomy, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland; 4Department of Radiology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland; 5Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
The aim of this study was to determine the association of T1 and T2 relaxation times and dGEMRIC to findings of arthroscopy, considered to be the gold standard for OA diagnosis. qMRI parameters were assessed at 3T in 10 patients. After imaging, arthroscopic cartilage grading was performed according to the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) classification system. According to the results, qMRI parameters were not related to arthroscopic grading and may detect changes in cartilage tissue quality more sensitively as compared to arthroscopy.