Coronal (a) and sagittal (b) fat suppressed T2-WI show adjacent kissing areas of bone marrow edema (white arrowheads) at the distal tibia and talar dome. Subchondral cysts are often a part of the joint degenerative process and occurs where there are breaks in the hip joint cartilage. In this regard, CBCT-Arthrography (CBCT-A) may be very promising technique for precise staging of cartilage lesions of the ankle as an alternative for Multi Detector Computed Tomography (MDCT). The articular cartilage layer of the talocrural joint is indicated in blue. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0749-8063(91)90087-E, Mintz, DN, Tashjian, GS, Connell, DA, Deland, JT, O’Malley, M and Potter, HG. On CBCT arthrographic images, the contrast separating the OCL fragment from the talar dome can be evaluated with more confidence (Figure 8). The majority of those lesions occur in active patients and are related to trauma. Subchondroplasty: What the Radiologist Needs to Know. Jose J, Pasquotti G, Smith MK, et al. Due to its noninvasiveness, absence of radiation exposure and its ability to visualize associated concomitant soft tissue abnormalities, MRI is the initial technique for exclusion/confirmation of an osteochondral lesion of the ankle. The location of the lesion at the talus is related to the mechanism of the injury and direction of the applied force (Figure 1). “Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT”. Coronal PD fat suppressed MRI image (b) revealing BME (star) in the posteromedial part of the talar dome. Because the plasticity of the cartilage in children and adolescents is higher than in adults, OCL lesions in young patients are often characterized by isolated subchondral bony changes without overlying cartilage disruption (Figure 5). Subchondral bone cysts (SBCs) are sacs filled with fluid that form inside of joints such as knees, hips, and shoulders. Stage 3 according to Anderson classification. 101, no. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. Image Findings: Spondylosis deformans (Osteophytes and osseoous ridging), Intervetebral osteochondrosis (disc spcae narrowing, Intradiscal vaccum phenomenom, disc calcification, subchondral bone sclerosis, Schmorl nodes), Uncovertebral joint osteoarthritis (Sclerosis, hypertrophy, joint spce narrowing, subluxation, capsular laxity, synovial cyst) Sagittal fat suppressed T2-WI (intermediate weighting) showing BME (white asterisk) at the lateral corner of the talar dome (b). The authors have no competing interests to declare. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy M, Desimpel J, Vanhoenacker FM. Polesello G, Sakai DS, Ono NK, et al. As the bulk of the U.S. population ages, the prevalence of osteoarthritis is expected to rise. Sclerotic lines as a result of impaction or as slight deformities of the joint line in case of subchondral collapse can sometimes be seen particularly at a later stage 4. [7], who correlated MR imaging with arthroscopic appearance. 2017;101(S2):1. This term covers a wide spectrum of pathologies including (sub)chondral contusion, osteochondritis dissecans, osteochondral fracture and osteoarthritis resulting from longstanding disease. Example of improved visualization of communication of subchondral cysts with the joint through deep articular cartilage lesions on CBCT arthrography. 4 (3): 173-80. S2, 2017, p. 1. In addition, the trabecular architecture of subchondral bone is far better visualized on CBCT than on CR. MR imaging of the ankle at 3 Tesla and 1.5 Tesla: Protocol optimization and application to cartilage, ligament and tendon pathology in cadaver specimens. Almost always there will be associated bone marrow edema best appreciated in fat-saturated T2-weighted and intermediate or proton-density weighted images 4. Therefore, for more accurate evaluation of cartilage covering of articular surfaces of the talar dome and distal tibia and fibula, direct arthrographic techniques combined with CT and MRI may be useful (Figure 2d). MRI-detected subchondral bone marrow signal alterations of the knee joint: terminology, imaging appearance, relevance and radiological differential diagnosis. 1959; 41–A: 988–1020. Alternative diagnosis on CBCT compared to MRI. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2106/00004623-198971080-00004, Lee, KB, Bai, LB, Park, JG and Yoon, TR. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00330-006-0446-4, El-Khoury, GY, Alliman, KJ, Lundberg, HJ, Rudert, MJ, Brown, TD and Saltzman, CL. There are two theories of pathogenesis of subchondral cyst formation: the synovial fluid intrusion theory, which proposes that articular surface defects and increased intra-articular pressure allow intrusion of synovial fluid into the bone, leading to formation of cavities; and the bone contusion theory, according to which non-communicating cysts arise from subchondral foci of bone necrosis that are the … In our patients, from the follow-up X-ray and MRI we observed a satisfied regeneration of the subchondral bone without bone resorption or recurrence of the cyst, indicating that cancellous bone autograft is an effective method for treating subchondral cysts.Furthermore, the successful reconstruction of the subchondral bone significantly relieved the patients' symptoms, as the … They can also occur in conjunction with twisting and ligamentous injuries. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology 101 (S2): 1. The etiology of subchondral cysts is unknown. Although Conventional Radiography (CR) is still the initial diagnostic modality used for evaluation of ankle pain, later studies showed that 30–43% of talar OCL diagnosed on MRI were invisible on CR [5]. (2016) Radiology. American journal of roentgenology. Lomax, A, Miller, RJ, Fogg, QA, Jane Madeley, N and Senthil Kumar, C. Quantitative assessment of the subchondral vascularity of the talar dome: A cadaveric study. MRI is an excellent imaging tool, able to detect osteoarthritis indicators such as chondromalacia (with a magnet strength of 1.5 T, it has a sensitivity of 100% for grade III and IV lesions) 20, 21, subchondral edema, and subchondral cysts … The pathologic definition of a cyst is a cavitary, fluid-filled lesion with an epitheli-al lining [21]. Thus, “cyst” is not an accurate term for the lesions encountered at imaging of subchondral bone. Furthermore, cartilage lesions may be isolated (one defect), complex (one lesion with variable depth of the lesion) or multifocal (involving multiple areas of the talus or tibia). Ikemura S, Yamamoto T, Motomura G, et al. Subchondral cysts and intraosseous ganglion cysts cannot be differentiated histologically. CBCT following intra-articular injection of Iodine contrast (CBCT-Arthrography) may render exquisite detail of the articular cartilage using very thin slices and multiplanar reformation. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/3594253, Posadzy, M., Desimpel, J. and Vanhoenacker, F.M., 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fas.2013.10.005, Pritsch, M, Horoshovski, H and Farine, I. Arthroscopic treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus. 10. Ostlere SJ(1), Seeger LL, Eckardt JJ. The overlying cartilage is difficult to assess on MRI. The index cases demonstrate a subchondral fracture, which progresses to osteonecrosis and cortical collapse. As MRI is inaccurate for the evaluation of the articular cartilage compartment, further staging with direct arthrographic techniques are often mandatory if an OCL is detected on MRI and in those scenarios in which arthrosopic treatment is considered. 2008; 16(11): 1047–51. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2106/00004623-195941060-00002, Hepple, S, Winson, IG and Glew, D. Osteochondral lesions of the talus: A revised classification. Finally, when fluid flows underneath the defect, the OCD can become unstable and may result in a corpus liberum. On plain films, the subchondral bone is seen as a thin layer of compact bone with a smooth surface and a uniform adjacent trabecular bone (Figure 2b). Compared to the articular cartilage of the knee, cartilage of the ankle joint is very thin and the spatial resolution of MRI may be insufficient for detection of small lesions. 2004; 233(3): 768–73. Coronal reformatted CBCT-A (b) demonstrates more clearly the OCL fragment (arrow) separated from the adjacent talus by thin rim of surrounding contrast (arrowheads). Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) arthrography is better suited for precise staging of cartilage lesions. In such a case, leave the cartilage alone and only check it with ankle arthroscopy. A suggested grading system based on MRI findings is 9: Low-grade subchondral fractures in particular, if there is no collapse of the subchondral bone plate, can be treated conservatively with restricted weight-bearing 2,3  and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. On the other hand, although MRI a very useful and sensitive technique for evaluation of the subchondral compartment (showing either BME or cyst formation), the precise depth and extent of the overlying cartilage lesion is often not accurately staged. The cartilage at the talar dome is slightly irregularly delineated (white arrow). Schematic drawings of OCL classification according to Anderson. Foot Ankle Surg. Stage 2 refers to partial detachment of OCL with subchondral cyst formation or fissure incompletely separating the lesion from the talar dome. Assess range of motion to evaluate for pain and limitation as well as clicking or catching of the joint. ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads, Please Note: You can also scroll through stacks with your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys. The overlying cartilage is difficult to assess on MRI but seems to be slightly inhomogeneous (white arrow). Coronal proton density (b) shows focal hypointense thickening of the talar dome (arrow). On a corresponding sagittal reformatted CBCT-A (c), there is almost complete detachment of the cartilage at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome (black arrow). Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology, 101(S2), 1. Osteonecrosis can develop when the lesion’s vascularity is disrupted. All were located in the … Subchondral bone involvement can be manifested by bone marrow edema (BME), fracture, sclerosis and/or cyst formation. 1. The fracture can be seen as irregular linear or curvilinear subchondral low signal intensity structure near the subchondral bone plate of low signal intensity in T1-weighted  images and also sometimes, but not always in T2-weighted images 1,2,4-8. All MR images wereobtained using a 1.5 Tesla unit after intraarticular injection of 20ml of diluted contrast material. 280 (1): 21-38. Coronal (a) fat suppressed T2-WI show adjacent BME (white asterisk) at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. Subchondral lucency (SCL), also referred to as subchondral bone cysts, can cause clinical problems in horses and humans. (2010) Clinical orthopaedics and related research. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/107110079902001206, Ferkel, RD, Zanotti, RM, Komenda, GA, Sgaglione, NA, Cheng, MS, Applegate, GR, et al. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology, vol. Subchondral cysts are typically found within the hip joint. Down staging of an OCL on CBCT compared to MRI. MRI is the most sensitive method to depict this stage without any correlating signs on CR or CBCT with injection of intraarticular contrast. However, the sensitivity of conventional radiography in osteophyte depiction is limited compared with that of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (4,5). ... extends to the subchondral bone, and occurs in patients with closed physes (4 ... Skeletal Radiology, Vol. 2008; 36(9): 1750–62. J Bone Joint Surg Am. Subchondral cysts of the tibia secondary to osteoarthritis of the knee. Subchondral means under the cartilage and refers to fluid filled cavities within the bone that is under the cartilage. The IW fs sequence depicted subchondral bone marrow edema-like lesions to a larger extent than DESS (p < 0.0001), and the opposite was true for subchondral cysts. Recently, Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) of small joints has been introduced as an alternative technique for Multi Detector CT, combining a very high spatial resolution, low radiation dose and low cost [3]. Unstable lesions – if left untreated – predispose for early osteoarthritis. Subchondral fractures due to trauma can occur at any age. It's a fluid-filled sac that forms in one or both of the bones that make up a joint. This article highlights some of the causes and treatment options for Subchondral Bone Cysts. Arthroscopy. For staging of OCL of the talus several grading systems have been proposed. A comparison of arthroscopic and MRI findings in staging of osteochondral lesions of the talus. Anatomy of the talocrural joint. 2016; 2016: 3594253. Although not comprehensive in scope, this article correlated the pathophysiology and imaging features of several of these disorders to better understand the associated subchondral lucencies. The synovial fluid intrusion theory suggests that elevated intra-articular pressure forces joint fluid into the subchondral bone via fissured or ulcerated cartilage,, creating a cyst. Background: Cystic lesions of the carpal bones are rare entities that are infrequently reported in the literature. Physical examination should include evaluation of local tenderness and swelling. Subchondral cysts are of variable size from a f… (2018) Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. 38 (5): 1478-1495. Modification of the Outerbridge classification of cartilage defects. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00256-015-2127-3, Berndt, AL and Harty, M. Transchondral fractures (osteochondritis dissecans) of the talus. Eur Radiol. 9. Studies on cadavers performed on CT arthrography [12] showed more accurate cartilage thickness measurements in comparison to standard MRI, which is in line with a superior evaluation of OCL with CT arthrographic techniques [13] (Figure 9). Fluid-fluid levels, consistent with secondary formation of aneurysmal bone cysts, are seen in 14% of cases. Coronal PD fat suppressed coronal image (a) showing an OCL fragment completely detached from talar dome without displacement (arrow), bone marrow oedema (star) of adjacent part of the talus. Some authors suggest that … High-grade fluid-filled lesions with cortical collapse and severe osteoarthritis might require arthroplasty. Patients will usually present with pain on weight-bearing in the affected joint, improving with rest 2. Cartilage thickness in cadaveric ankles: Measurement with double-contrast multi-detector row CT arthrography versus MR imaging. Articular cartilage lining remains homogenous without any signal changes (Figure 7). It uses a conical X-ray beam and flat-panel detector collecting all volumetric data in one rotation of the gantry. A subchondral fracture is a fracture of the trabecular cancellous bone just beneath the subchondral bone plate without disruption of the articular surface 1. The purpose of this pictorial review is to illustrate the strength of each imaging method. Sometimes visible as subchondral hyperlucency with a decrease in bone density. Subchondral bone cysts commonly occur adjacent to a treated focal cartilage defect and are possibly connected to the joint cavity. Scaphoid intraosseous cystic lesions represent a rare subset of carpal bone cysts. However, other arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis also play a key role in an individual developing Subchondral Bone Cysts. There is slight irregular delineation of the cartilage (white arrow). Check for errors and try again. Sagittal (a) and coronal (b) fat suppressed T2-WI showing multilocular subchondral cysts (black arrowheads) at the medial aspect of the talar dome. 195 (1): W63-8. Note the more subtle subchondral cyst formation in the proximal margin of the hamate (H), related to chronic repetitive abutment with the lunate (type II lunate morphology with an extra facet which articulates with the hamate). (2015) Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987). Similar to the Outerbridge classification widely used in staging of cartilage lesions of the knee, a modified staging system for evaluation of the depth of cartilage defects with correlation to arthroscopy may be used in the ankle (Figure 10). The area between the fracture line and the articular surface should be of high signal in T2 weighted images 2,4. This is an i… Posadzy M, Desimpel J, Vanhoenacker FM. Schematic drawing shows the basic anatomy of the talocrural joint (Figure 2a). Yamamoto T. Subchondral insufficiency fractures of the femoral head. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1977;128:799–806. There is slight irregular delineation of the cartilage (white arrow). Gorbachova T, Melenevsky Y, Cohen M, et al. Although the incidence of osteoarthritis increases with age, the condition is not a normal part of the aging process. They can progress to subchondral collapse, osteochondral injury, and osteochondral defects 1. There are two generally accepted theories on the etiology of subchondral cysts. American journal of roentgenology. Stage 1 lesions are due to bone marrow contusion. If the cartilage is damaged, perform a subchondral cyst approach as I have detailed above. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology 101, no. Acute and Stress-related Injuries of Bone and Cartilage: Pertinent Anatomy, Basic Biomechanics, and Imaging Perspective. At earlier stages (stage 1 to 4), a number of options exist including: 17 (9): 1115-31. The red arrow indicates the direction of the applied force. 3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy M, Desimpel J and Vanhoenacker FM, ‘Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT’ (2017) 101 Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology 1 DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, Magdalena, Julie Desimpel, and Filip M. Vanhoenacker. It has also been shown that both small (≤5 mm) and large (>5 mm) MR imaging–depicted osteophytes are associa… Useful MR scoring parameters include lesion location, lesion size in 3 planes, subchondral bone marrow edema, subchondral cyst formation and/or sclerosis, status of the overlying cartilage, contour depression of the articular bone plate. Subchondral cysts of the tibia secondary to osteoarthritis of … Accurate staging of cartilage lesions is of utmost importance, as this will have a major impact on the treatment strategy and ultimate prognosis. The fracture can be seen as irregular linear or curvilinear subchondral low signal intensity structure near the subchondral bone plate of low signal intensity in T1-weighted images and also sometimes, but not always in T2-weighted images 1,2,4-8. MRI allows for distinguishing normal cartilage from subchondral bone as well as evaluating the adjacent bone marrow, ligaments and other surrounding soft tissues (Figure 2c). Location of the OCL according to the mechanism of trauma. Moreover, despite several modifications of the staging systems on MRI, not all combination of the degree of involvement of the cartilage and subchondral bone are included and therefore these classification systems remain uncomprehensive, complicated and less valuable for use in daily routine. Osteochondral lesions (OCL) of the talus involve both articular cartilage and subchondral bone of the talar dome. 6. Prostaglandin I-1 and/or bisphosphonates might be considered 5. Treatment depends on the location and size of the defect as well as the presence of secondary degenerative changes. ADVERTISEMENT: Radiopaedia is free thanks to our supporters and advertisers. Additional CBCT-Arthrography is, however, very useful for more accurate cartilage staging and should be considered in those clinical scenarios where arthroscopic treatment of the lesion is considered. (2010) AJR. subchondral bone marrow edema on dual-energy CT; MRI. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, Magdalena, Julie Desimpel, and Filip M. Vanhoenacker. Author information: (1)Department of Radiological Sciences, University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles. Subchondral insufficiency fracture of the knee: grading, risk factors, and outcome. Subchondral cysts are a common finding in osteoarthritic knees. With the advent of MRI, this grading system was further revised including evaluation of structures invisible on conventional radiology, such as the integrity of the cartilage and presence of BME. 1989; 71(8): 1143–52. An alternative MRI staging system has been proposed by Mintz [8] et al. (2012) Clinics in orthopedic surgery. 11. Note that the cystic changes are subchondral at the proximal ulnar portion of the lunate (L). Stage 1 lesion according to Anderson classification. 2014; 20(1): 57–60. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2106/00004623-198668060-00007, De Smet, E, De Praeter, G, Verstraete, KL, Wouters, K, De Beuckeleer, L and Vanhoenacker, FM. Osteochondral lesions of the talus: A new magnetic resonance grading system with arthroscopic correlation. This underscores the value of preoperative imaging. high signal subchondral cysts; Treatment and prognosis. Sayyid S, Younan Y, Sharma G, et al. Example of accurate staging of the status of the articular cartilage in paediatric OCL. (2009) Osteoarthritis and cartilage. Yamamoto T, Iwasaki K, Iwamoto Y. Transtrochanteric rotational osteotomy for a subchondral insufficiency fracture of the femoral head in young adults. Pathria MN, Chung CB, Resnick DL. Sagittal PD fat suppressed MRI image (a) showing BME (star) at the posteromedial part of the talar dome. The weight-bearing joints such as the knee, hip, and ankle joints are more commonly affected ref. Subchondral insufficiency fractures are more common in elderly women 1,4,6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546508316773, Dipaola, JD, Nelson, DW and Colville, MR. Characterizing osteochondral lesions by magnetic resonance imaging. Radiology. {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}. The first system of classification has been reported by Berndt and Harty in 1959 [4], including four stages based on their radiological appearance. The majority of those lesions occur in active patients and are related to trauma. MRI coronal PD fat suppressed image (1.5 Tesla equipment) of the talocrural joint (c) with normal appearance of the thin cartilage layer (arrows) of intermediate signal, low signal of subchondral bone and homogenous bone marrow signal (stars). This review aims to summarize the available evidence on the evaluation and treatment of scaphoid cystic lesions to help guide clinical management. Coronal reformatted CBCT-A (c) barely shows subtle subchondral sclerosis at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome and intact overlying cartilage. Later on, this grading system has been modified to computed tomographic evaluation and correlated with arthroscopy, distinguishing cystic lesion of talar dome seen in primary stages with or without communication to the articular surface and detached fragment in more advanced lesions [6]. Based on the combination of MRI and CBCT findings the diagnosis of a subchondral insufficiency fracture (SIF) was made. The symptoms you will likely notice are: Lameness may be acute or hardly noticed unless the horse is working at specific increased speeds or when involved in specific activities - intermittent, especially in older horses but can be noted in horses of any age A subchondral cyst (Fig. In adult patients, the depth of the cartilage lesions is often understaged (Figures 3 and 4). Case 2: subchondral insufficiency fracture, subchondral insufficiency fracture of the knee, directly visible subchondral trabecular discontinuity on high resolution, signs of subcortical impaction visible as subchondral hyperdensity, grade 2: bone marrow edema with low signal intensity fracture line, grade 3: fluid-filled fracture line and cysts, grade 4: cortical collapse with a step off, concave, smooth half-moon/crescentic appearing necrotic segment, usually in conjunction with chondral damage. A subchondral cyst without superficial cartilage damage is rare and requires a different approach. (2016) AJR. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2333031921, Kirschke, JS, Braun, S, Baum, T, Holwein, C, Schaeffeler, C, Imhoff, AB, et al. T1 andT2-weighted axial, oblique coronal, and oblique sagittal images were analysed for the presence, location, number,shape, size, and connection to the joint cavity of subchondral cysts. Disqus. Cartilage damage may have a variable imaging appearance ranging from a small fissure, a distinct defect, flap formation or delamination. Joint preserving surgical treatments of subchondral fractures include microfracture, drilling, subchondroplasty 10, or in the hip joint: transtochanteric osteotomy 11. CBCT-Arthrography (CBCT-A) of the talocrural joint, coronal reformatted image (d) showing smooth cartilage lining covering the normal subchondral bone of the talus (arrow) and tibia (arrowhead). In stage 3 an undisplaced completely separated fragment can be seen on MRI with adjacent BME. Subchondral bone involvement can be manifested by bone marrow edema (BME), fracture, sclerosis and/or cyst formation. When a small defect in the chondral plate is present, the intraarticular fluid will erode the subchondral bone, which will result in bone marrow edema. in 2003. Although Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at 1.5 Tesla is the leading cross-sectional modality for detection and staging of OCL, lack of spatial resolution hampers accurate assessment of thin articular cartilage. Rather, these subchondral lesions are typically lined by a connective tis-sue membrane, such as collagen [22–24] and “Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT”. A modified grading system has been proposed by Hepple in 1999 [5] and by Dipaola et al. Radiology department of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam and the Rijnland hospital, Leiderdorp, the Netherlands Publicationdate 2010-04-10 In this article we will discuss a systematic approach to the differential diagnosis of bone tumors and tumor-like lesions. Am J Sports Med. In particular cases also alternative diagnoses can be made on basis of CBCT (Figure 11). Conventional radiographs are currently the standard for establishing a radiographic diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis (1–3). Arthroscopic evaluation of the cartilage is regarded as the gold standard [2], but due to its invasiveness and the need for anesthesia, it should be reserved for preoperatively well-documented cases and combined with surgical treatment procedures. Hallmarks of osteoarthritis include the presence of marginal osteophytes and subchondral cysts in the tibiofemoral joint. CBCT, which was first introduced for preoperative evaluation of dental implants, is currently also used for musculoskeletal applications. Due to the widespread use of fluid-sensitive sequences on MRI, even subtle foci of BME may be seen adjacent to a cartilage defect, particularly in acute or subacute OCL lesions. 8. Note also partial filling of the subchondral cyst (black arrowhead) with contrast as an indirect sign of joint communication through a cartilage lesion. In the region of subchondral edema, in osteoarthritis the most common pathological changes are necrosis, fibrosis, and trabecular abnormalities . What Is a Subchondral Bone Cyst? Subchondral cystic lesions are common features that are associated with many arthropathies and synovial-based processes. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, M., Desimpel, J., & Vanhoenacker, F. M. (2017). Schematic drawing of the normal talocrural joint (a). MRI evaluation of collapsed femoral heads in patients 60 years old or older: Differentiation of subchondral insufficiency fracture from osteonecrosis of the femoral head. Coronal (c, d) reformatted CBCT-A clearly shows an extensive cartilage lesion down to bone with adjacent cartilage flap (black arrow). Besides the limitations of MRI in this field, it is still considered the most comprehensive imaging modality of the ankle because of its capability to assess soft tissue and bone marrow abnormalities on a single examination. In fact, Subchondral Bone Cyst is one of the parameters that physicians look at when diagnosing osteoarthritis. Articular cartilage covering the articular surfaces (blue), cortical bone (black), normal bone marrow (yellow) and ligaments (brown). 48 (12): 1961-1974. The overlying cartilage is intact at the talus, whereas there is subtle cartilage lesion at the distal tibia (arrow). Subchondral insufficiency fractures of the knee: review of imaging findings. The accuracy also depends of the strength of the field and is lower on 1.5 Tesla magnets in comparison to 3T [11]. With widespread use of MR it is now not uncommon in clinical practice to observe this progression of findings. J Bone Joint Surg Am. More severe symptoms tend to occur in the radiographically more advan… 468 (12): 3181-5. 44 (2): 102-5. (2019) Skeletal radiology. 45, No. 2017. The articular surface of the talus is large and its blood supply is critical in the watershed areas [1] explaining an impaired healing process and predisposition to posttraumatic necrosis in those vulnerable areas. 2015; 44(8): 1111–7. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DIAGNOSIS OF SUBCHONDRAL FRACTURE OF THE FEMORAL HEAD, HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE IT FROM AVASCULAR NECROSIS AND HOW TO TREAT IT. GCT can mimic or be mimicked by other benign or malignant lesions at both radiologic evaluation and histologic analysis. 1991; 7(1): 101–4. Coronal (b) and sagittal (c) reformatted CBCT-A show subtle subchondral sclerosis (black arrow) at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome, but the overlying cartilage is intact. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 56 (6): 714-9. Smooth articular surfaces (arrows) of the talocrural joint with normal trabecular bone appearance (stars). Roemer FW, Frobell R, Hunter DJ, et al. Osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent and disabling chronic conditions affecting older adults and a significant public health problem among adults of working age. 7. The equipment is designed to perform exams in sitting or supine position and is relatively compact, allowing installation in many radiology departments and private practices. The strength of each imaging method not be differentiated histologically Pasquotti G, Coutts R. cysts. //Doi.Org/10.1155/2016/3594253, Posadzy, M., Desimpel, J. and Vanhoenacker, F. M. ( 2017 ) architecture. 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