University of Wisconsin–Madison

Comprehensive Evaluation of the Articular Cartilage of the Hip Joint in Patients with Femoroacetabular Impingement

April 2012 to May 2014

Early detection of cartilage degeneration within the hip joint with MRI can help identify patients with hip pain who may benefit from early surgical intervention. Unfortunately, currently-used two-dimensional and three-dimensional MR imaging methods have poor diagnostic performance for detecting cartilage lesions within the hip joint. In this study, we will investigate whether new cartilage imaging techniques such as high isotropic resolution VIPR-ATR, T1-rho mapping, and T2-mapping imaging methods can improve the detection of surgically-confirmed cartilage lesions in patients with hip pain when compared to currently-used MRI techniques.

This project led by: Richard Kijowski, MD