It is not surprising that as MR image quality has improved and scan times have become shorter, the applications of this modality have increased, such that even smaller body parts are now routinely imaged. Finger tendon, ligament and joint injuries can be elegantly depicted, as can normal anatomical structures (figure 1).
Though such injuries have historically been evaluated with the combination of an X-ray and ultrasound, MRI has the advantage of simultaneously visualising both bone and soft tissues. Similarly, toe injuries can be demonstrated (figures 2 & 3), arthritis, blood vessel and nerve abnormalities, as well as soft tissue and bone tumours (1,2).
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