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Sequence Views

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

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

elbow sag

Axial

The axial view is the view from the lower arm, looking up towards the upper arm.

elbox ax

Coronal

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

elbow 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 elbow studies, T1 weighted images are typically performed in axial views.

t1 ax

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 elbow studies, T2 weighted images are typically performed in coronal and sagittal views.

t2 cor     t2 sag

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 elbow studies the STIR sequence is typically performed in axial, coronal and sagittal views.

stir ax     stir cor     stir sag

Proton Density

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

In elbow studies, the Proton Density sequence is typically performed in coronal and sagittal views.

pd cor     pd sag

           

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