Evaluation of an MRI method to determine hydration states of tendons

Bjoern Braunstein, Luisa Wendeler, Kilian Weiss, Hans Braun, Dirk Müller, Anja Niehoff, Kirsten Albracht

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As water content is a determinant of the material properties of tendons and may affect sports performance and injury risk. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the reliability and sensitivity of an MRI based method to quantify the hydration state of a tendon. For this study twenty porcine digital flexor tendons were utilized. 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 good inter session reliability. Further investigations are needed to improve the upper and lower limit of resolution regarding the physiological hydration state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS)
EditorsPatria A. Hume, Jacqueline A. Alderson, Barry D. Wilson
Number of pages4
PublisherInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10.09.201814.09.2018
Conference number: 36


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