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Abstract #1561

Regionally Dependent T2* Values of the Patellar Tendon in Collegiate Basketball Players

Erin C. Argentieri1, Parina H. Shah1, Ogonna K. Nwawka1, and Matthew F. Koff1

1Deparment of Radiology and Imaging - MRI, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, United States

Patellar tendinosis is a significant debilitation in collegiate and professional athletes that frequently leads to reduced performance. The quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique of T2* mapping is well suited to evaluate patellar tendinosis. This study evaluated regional differences of T2* values in collegiate basketball players pre-season. Short and long T2* values were both prolonged proximally, and no correlations were found with corresponding morphologic imaging. Continued longitudinal imaging will permit the evaluation of the development of tendinosis or micro-tears.

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