Performance characteristics of ultrasound of the knee in a general radiological setting

Warwick Bruce, Tack Shin Lee, Vijaya Sundarajan, Peter Walker, John Magnussen, Hans Van Der Wall*

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Ultrasound of the musculoskeletal system is an attractive imaging modality due to the lack of ionising radiation, cost and ease of availability. A role has been established in the shoulder and pediatric hip but not in the knee. Ultrasound studies of the knee performed at six general radiological practices without established musculoskeletal expertise were compared with clinical examination in 56 patients. Final diagnoses were established by arthroscopy and/or MRI. The sensitivity and specificity for detection of superficial lesions in the knee were 88 and 41% for clinical examination and 32 and 59% for ultrasound. For deep lesions sensitivity and specificity were 61 and 64% for clinical examination and 13 and 100% for ultrasound. Ultrasound studies of the knee in a general radiological practice do not offer significant information above clinical examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-306
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Arthroscopy
  • Cruciate
  • Knee
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Meniscal
  • Ultrasound


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