The Role of Imaging in the Evaluation of Patellar Instability

Benjamin F Sandberg, Marc A Tompkins

Volume 3 | Issue 1 | Jan – Apr 2018 | Page 10-16

Author: Benjamin F Sandberg [1], Marc A Tompkins [1,2]

[1] Department of, TRIAOrthopaedic Center, 8100 Northland Drive, Bloomington, MN 55431,
[2] Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Suite R200, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Bradley J Nelson,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Suite R200,Minneapolis, MN 55454.
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Patellar instability is a complex problem that requires a thorough evaluation and work up. A critical part of this work up is appropriate imaging. This article reviews key imaging techniques and important imaging findings in patellar instability patients. This includes the evaluation of patella alta, trochlear dysplasia, lateral patellar tilt, extensor mechanism alignment, valgus alignment, rotational alignment, and soft tissue injury. Effective management for patellar instability relies on a comprehensive approach where any of these elements are evaluated when necessary.
Keywords: Patellofemoral Instability, Patellar Instability, Patellar Dislocation, Imaging.


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How to Cite this article:. Sandberg BF, Tompkins MA. The Role of Imaging in the Evaluation of Patellar Instability. Asian Journal Arthroscopy. Jan-April 2018;3(1):10-16.

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