Abnormal findings on knee magnetic resonance imaging in asymptomatic NBA players.

Brian E. Walczak, Patrick C. McCulloch, Richard W. Kang, Anthony Zelazny, Fred Tedeschi, Brian J. Cole

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the knees of asymptomatic National Basketball Association (NBA) players via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and confirm or dispute findings reported in the previous literature. It is thought that a variety of significant abnormalities affecting the knee exist in asymptomatic patients and that these findings can be accurately identified on MRI. Two months prior to the 2005 season, bilateral knee MRI examinations of 14 asymptomatic NBA players (28 knees) were evaluated for abnormalities of the articular cartilage, menisci, and patellar and quadriceps tendons. The presence of joint effusion, subchondral edema, and cystic lesions and the integrity of the collateral and cruciate ligaments were also assessed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalThe journal of knee surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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