Different views are commonly used in ankle MRI scans to provide images showing different details of the anatomy of the ankle.
The sagittal view is the view from the side of the ankle.
The axial view is the view of the ankle looking from the lower leg, down towards the heel.
The coronal view is the view from the front or back of the ankle.
Different Image Types
Different image types are used to highlight different elements within the body.
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.
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.
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.
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.