Conventional versus direct magnetic resonance imaging in detecting labral lesions in femoroacetabular impingment - a retrospective multicenter study


Hip arthroscopy ; Labral lesion ; Femoroacetabular impingement ; Magnetic Resonance.

Published online: Apr 24 2019

Ahmed M Saied, Caroline Redant, Joris Anthonissen, Emmanuel Audenaert, Jan Somers, Filiep Bataillie, J. Myncke, Christophe Pattyn


The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of Direct Magnetic Resonance Arthography (MRA) and Conventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in diagnosing labral lesions in patients with symptoms of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Materials and methods: Imaging and surgical data (n=490) were retrospectively collected from 5 high-volume centres providing arthroscopic treatment of FAI patients. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging findings were compared with the actual surgical findings regarding labral condition in order to assess the effectiveness of MRI and MRA in identifying the presence of labral tears in patients with FAI.

The results of this study indicate that MRI and MRA may both be useful for the diagnosis of acetabular labral lesions. The accuracy is slightly higher for MRI (71,4 %) compared to MRA (68,2 %), although MRA has higher sensitivity (74.4%,) as compared to MRI (66,9%).

Conclusions: In a clinically suspected labral tear MRA has higher sensitivity than MRI. Further studies on asymptomatic patients may be needed to determine the specificity of different MRI techniques.