Due to the fact that water content is a determinant of the material properties of tendons and therefore might affect sports performance and the risk of injury, the purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the reliabilityand sensitivity of a MRI based method to quantify content of a tendon. For this pilot study twenty porcine digital flexor tendons were chosen. All samples were examined on a MR scanner using three 3D ultra-short echo time sequences. With the applied sequences it was possible to determine a decrease in water content of the tendons. In addition, the methods showed a good inter session reliability. Further investigations are needed to improve the upper and lower limit of resolution regarding the physiological hydration state.
Braunstein, Bjoern; Wendeler, Luisa; Weiss, Kilian; Braun, Hans; Mueller, Dirk; Niehoff, Anja; and Albracht, Kirsten
"METHOD EVALUATION TO DETERMINE HYDRATION STATES OF TENDONS BY USING MRI,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 116.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/116