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Exercise before tendon imaging

Is vascularity more evident after exercise? Implications for tendon imaging.
Cook JL, Kiss ZS, Ptasznik R, Malliaras P
Musculoskeletal Research Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria 3086, Australia.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to investigate the effect of activity on tendon vascularity in 17 abnormal patellar tendons.

CONCLUSION: Tendon vascularity is significantly increased by activity. From this finding, we infer that imaging abnormal tendons with color Doppler sonography to detect neovascularization may be most useful after the patient exercises. Investigations to determine how much activity is necessary to ensure maximal vascularity is detected by Doppler sonography are required.

Full Article at-
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Nov;185(5):1138-40.
Exercise before tendon imaging Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Thursday, November 10, 2005 Rating: 5

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