Different views are commonly used in foot MRI scans to provide images showing different details of the anatomy of the foot.
The sagittal view is the view from the side of the foot.
The short axis view is the view from the top of the foot.
The long axis view is the view from the toes towards the heel.
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 foot studies, T1 weighted images are typically performed in 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 foot studies the STIR sequence is typically performed in sagittal and long axis views.
Proton Density sequences are generally used to emphasise the anatomical detail of the body part being scanned.
In foot studies, the Proton Density sequence is typically performed in long axis and short axis views.