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Abstract #0846

Association Between UTE-MRI T2* Relaxation Times and Symptoms During Exercise Therapy for Patellar Tendinopathy

Stephan J. Breda1, Robert-Jan de Vos2, Dirk Poot1, Gabriel Krestin1, Juan A. Hernandez-Tamames1, and Edwin Oei1
1Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2Orthopaedics, Erasmus Univerity Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Patellar tendinopathy (PT) is an overuse injury of the patellar tendon in athletes involving typical degenerative changes to the patellar tendon. The association of MRI-assessed structural changes with symptoms is largely unknown. UTE-MRI was implemented to study longitudinal changes in T2* within the patellar tendon in athletes performing exercise therapy for PT. We found that T2* relaxation times in the degenerative tissue of the patellar tendon were associated with symptom severity and that decreased T2* was associated with clinical improvement.

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