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Abstract #1044

Longitudinal Changes in Quantitative MRI and Ultrasound Metrics of Patellar Tendon are Associated with Tendon Degeneration and Leg Dominance within of Collegiate Basketball Players over One Season of Play

Erin C. Argentieri1, Matthew F. Koff1, Bin Lin2, Parina H. Shah1, Hollis G. Potter1, and O. Kenechi Nwawka1

1Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, United States, 2Biostatistics, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, United States

This study assessed correlations between quantitative T2* and Shear wave elastography (SWE) ultrasound metrics of the patellar tendon and qualitative morphologic grades patellar tendinosis (PT) within collegiate basketball players over one season of play. Within the current study, significant and strong correlations existed between T2* and SWE metrics, though morphologic PT grades were correlated with T2* metrics only. These findings support the notion that T2* relaxometry could benefit the clinical management of PT, as it is sensitive to changes in pathologic severity over time, and could therefore serve as a metric to guide treatment plans and evaluate intervention efficacy.

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