About dynamic msk imaging modalities in the study of post-traumatic metacarpal fracture
Acute 4th metacarpal spiroid fracture of a professional football goalkeeper; first diagnosis was made directly on pitch with an ultrasound examination. Plain radiographs and Mri exam were performed just one hour after trauma.
One month after surgical fixation the fracture is studied with dynamic US, Mri and Cone-Beam CT imaging. The US and MR dynamic evaluations, show a regular tendon sliding over the fixation devices.
No metal-induced artifacts were seen, allowing a perfect visualization of the implanted devices.
Cone-Beam CT Sagittal (left) and Coronal (right) reconstructions.
The study was completed with dynamic Mri (0.3 Tesla) and Cone-Beam CT scans, performed with active flexion-extension of carpal-metacarpal joint structures.
Two months after a peroneal fracture the x-rays show a regular healing but the patient feels pain: why?
I suggest you to always use both ultrasound and Mri imaging to better evaluate the correct healing of the fracture.
In this professional football player is also evident a gross perilesional edema involving the peroneal muscles togheter with the peroneal neurovascular bundle.
Axial T2w (left) and Stir (right) mri sequences of the same patient (0.3 Tesla).
Sagittal Stir (left) and T2w (right) Mri sequences (0.3 Tesla); the perilesional edema along the course of peroneal neurovascular bundle is evident.
The dynamic ultrasound exam allows to better appreciate all the structures involved in this pathological picture; just a little reminder: high sensibility but 0% specificity of the ultrasound imaging in the study of cortical bone.