Category: Radiology

Loose Body Formation Associated with Degenerative Joint Disease and as a Primary Disorder

Loose Body Formation Associated with Degenerative Joint Disease and as a Primary Disorder

Calcification/ossification of cartilaginous bodies within a synovial joint is not a rare phenomenon. This may occur secondarily as a result of degenerative joint disease or as a primary entity. Technically this is referred to as “synoviochondrometaplasia.” As the name implies, this represents a metaplastic process involving the synovium of the joint, in which cartilaginous loose bodies form within the joint.

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Calcification of the Stylohyoid Ligaments and Thyroid Cartilage Mimicking Vertebral Artery Calcification

Calcification of the Stylohyoid Ligaments and Thyroid Cartilage Mimicking Vertebral Artery Calcification

Calcification of the stylohyoid ligaments or thyroid cartilage may be frequently mistaken for calcific plaquing of the vertebral artery. In actuality, calcification of the vertebral arteries is extremely rare. The calcification of the stylohyoid ligaments and thyroid cartilage is commonly encountered and should not be mistaken for arterial calcification.

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Shoulder MRI

Shoulder MRI

I am not really sure why the topic of shoulder MRI tends to be so popular, but I have a few ideas. Perhaps it is because shoulder problems tend to be a bit more difficult to accurately diagnose. Although that statement may seem misleading, the majority of shoulder pain is due to rotator cuff problems, but the difficulty often lies in trying to distinguish rotator cuff tendinosis from cuff tear.

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