VIBE MRI: an alternative to CT in the imaging of sports-related osseous pathology?
By Eamon Koh, FRANZCR, Edward RJ Walton, MBChB, FRCR and Phil Watson
MRI is an excellent diagnostic tool in the imaging of sports-related musculoskeletal pathology; however, standard slice thickness acquisitions can lack the spatial resolution to accurately define and characterise osseous abnormalities. Standard MRI sequences may be supplemented with CT to reduce diagnostic uncertainty. We provide a clinical perspective, in the form of pictorial review, on the potential applications of 3D MRI sequences, specifically using volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination in the characterisation of various musculoskeletal osseous pathologies. The potential to negate the requirement for CT in a young radiation sensitive cohort is a clinically significant concept and suggests the requirement for further studies comparing the performance of volumetric MRI to CT.