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Sequence Views

Different views are commonly used in ankle MRI scans to provide images showing different details of the anatomy of the ankle. Sagittal

The sagittal view is the view from the side of the ankle.

ankle sag

Axial

The axial view is the view of the ankle looking from the lower leg, down towards the heel.

ankle ax

Coronal

The coronal view is the view from the front or back of the ankle.

ankle cor

 

Different Image Types

Different image types are used to highlight different elements within the body. T1 Weighted

T1 weighted images can be identified as ‘fat based images’, as they emphasise body fat in tissues. They are also used to highlight anatomical detail.

In ankle studies, T1 weighted images are typically performed in coronal views.

t1 cor

T2 Weighted

T2 Weighted images can be identified as ‘water based images’. These are used to emphasise water in tissues such as inflammation which is common in many pathology and injury processes.

In ankle studies, T2 weighted images are typically performed in axial and sagittal views.

     t2 sag     t2 ax

STIR

STIR images are generally used to highlight water in the body to aid in identifying inflammation, bruising and fractures. These images are not used to highlight anatomical detail.

In ankle studies the STIR sequence is typically performed in coronal and sagittal views.

STIR sag     STIR cor

Proton Density

Proton Density sequences are generally used to emphasise the anatomical detail of the body part being scanned.

In ankle studies, the Proton Density sequence is typically performed in coronal views.

PD cor

           

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