MR Imaging of Wrist Ligaments

Michael D. Ringler, Naveen S. Murthy

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This article discusses the normal anatomy and pathologic appearances of the intrinsic and extrinsic wrist ligaments using MR Imaging. Technological advances in surface coil design and higher magnetic field strengths have improved radiologists' ability to consistently visualize these small ligaments in their entirety. Wrist ligament anatomy, in the context of proper physiologic function, is emphasized, including common normal variants, and their appearances on MR imaging. The spectrum of disorders, incorporating overlapping appearances of senescent degenerative changes, and destabilizing ligament tears, is outlined. The diagnostic performance of MR imaging to date for various ligament abnormalities is discussed, along with significant limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-391
Number of pages25
JournalMagnetic resonance imaging clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • Carpal instability
  • Diagnostic performance
  • Extrinsic ligaments
  • Intrinsic ligaments
  • Lunotriquetral
  • MR imaging wrist
  • MRI wrist
  • Scapholunate
  • Wrist ligaments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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