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Abstract #1488

 Longitudinal comparison of medial and lateral meniscal T2* values within elite basketball players and swimmers

Erin C Argentieri1, Garry Gold2, Sharmila Majumdar3, Hollis G Potter1, and Matthew F Koff1
1Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, United States, 2Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, 3University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States


Basketball players represent a population with an inherently high risk of sustaining meniscal injuries. Evaluation of quantitative MRI (qMRI) metrics of the meniscus within these athletes may improve clinical insight. To date, no studies have longitudinally evaluated meniscal T2* values in high performance athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to utilize ultra-short TE (UTE) MRI to longitudinally evaluate medial and lateral meniscal T2* values within elite weight-bearing (basketball) and non-weight bearing (swimmers) athletes. Significant differences of T2* values were found between the medial and lateral menisci. No significant difference of meniscal T2* values were found between basketball players and swimmers.

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