A Systematic Approach to Shoulder and Knee MRI for the Sports Medicine Physician

Alex Rothfeld, MD; Matt B. Jacobs, BA; Derek F. Papp, MD; Jan Fritz, MD, PD, DABR


Curr Orthop Pract. 2019;30(1):8-10. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Sports medicine physicians should develop a systematic approach to review MRIs. Collaboration between orthopaedic sports medicine clinicians and radiologists is critical to obtain the most accurate diagnosis. The ability to correlate clinical information can improve the accuracy of a diagnostic study. We present a straightforward method to evaluate both knee and shoulder MRIs. Although the authors recognize that other approaches exist, we believe that a systematic and collaborative approach will benefit sports medicine physicians throughout the entirety of their careers.