Later on, this grading system has been modified to computed tomographic evaluation and correlated with arthroscopy, distinguishing cystic lesion of talar dome seen in primary stages with or without communication to the articular surface and detached fragment in more advanced lesions [6]. Recently, Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) of small joints has been introduced as an alternative technique for Multi Detector CT, combining a very high spatial resolution, low radiation dose and low cost [3]. A subchondral cyst (Fig. The equipment is designed to perform exams in sitting or supine position and is relatively compact, allowing installation in many radiology departments and private practices. On the other hand, although MRI a very useful and sensitive technique for evaluation of the subchondral compartment (showing either BME or cyst formation), the precise depth and extent of the overlying cartilage lesion is often not accurately staged. Coronal reformatted CBCT-A (c) barely shows subtle subchondral sclerosis at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome and intact overlying cartilage. When the latter is present, then joint replacement is often the only feasible treatment. The area between the fracture line and the articular surface should be of high signal in T2 weighted images 2,4. Subchondral cysts are a common finding in osteoarthritic knees. Osteochondral lesions (OCL) of the talus are defined as any damage involving both articular cartilage and subchondral bone of the talar dome. MRI evaluation of collapsed femoral heads in patients 60 years old or older: Differentiation of subchondral insufficiency fracture from osteonecrosis of the femoral head. In the region of subchondral edema, in osteoarthritis the most common pathological changes are necrosis, fibrosis, and trabecular abnormalities . Useful MR scoring parameters include lesion location, lesion size in 3 planes, subchondral bone marrow edema, subchondral cyst formation and/or sclerosis, status of the overlying cartilage, contour depression of the articular bone plate. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. Diagnostic value of CT arthrography for evaluation of osteochondral lesions at the ankle. The pathologic definition of a cyst is a cavitary, fluid-filled lesion with an epitheli-al lining [21]. 2016; 2016: 3594253. Unable to process the form. Agten CA, Kaplan DJ, Jazrawi LM, et al. A subchondral cyst without superficial cartilage damage is rare and requires a different approach. Stage 1 lesions are due to bone marrow contusion. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, M., Desimpel, J., & Vanhoenacker, F. M. (2017). Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology, vol. 17 (9): 1115-31. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology, 101(S2), 1. 45, No. 280 (1): 21-38. More severe symptoms tend to occur in the radiographically more advan… [6, 20]. Acute and Stress-related Injuries of Bone and Cartilage: Pertinent Anatomy, Basic Biomechanics, and Imaging Perspective. Subchondral cysts of the tibia secondary to osteoarthritis of … The red arrow indicates the direction of the applied force. Subchondral fractures are usually a consequence of compressive forces, transmitted from the cartilage to the subchondral bone plate and from there to the trabeculae, which fail to resist that force and break or fracture 3. 3. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/3594253, Posadzy, M., Desimpel, J. and Vanhoenacker, F.M., 2017. This underscores the value of preoperative imaging. Furthermore, cartilage lesions may be isolated (one defect), complex (one lesion with variable depth of the lesion) or multifocal (involving multiple areas of the talus or tibia). The first system of classification has been reported by Berndt and Harty in 1959 [4], including four stages based on their radiological appearance. Usually, subchondral fractures present as linear or curvilinear structures often paralleling the subchondral bone plate, with or without areas of subchondral collapse 2. Schematic drawing of talocrural joint injury in pronation (a) results in sprain of the medial collateral ligaments (brown) and lateral-sided OCL of the talar dome and/or kissing tibial lesion (orange zones), whereas injury in supination (b) causes sprain of the lateral ligaments and medial-sided OCL of the talar dome and/or kissing lesions at the tibia (orange zones). Cartilage damage may have a variable imaging appearance ranging from a small fissure, a distinct defect, flap formation or delamination. T1 andT2-weighted axial, oblique coronal, and oblique sagittal images were analysed for the presence, location, number,shape, size, and connection to the joint cavity of subchondral cysts. Subchondral insufficiency fractures are more common in elderly women 1,4,6. What Is a Subchondral Bone Cyst? comments powered by 17 Resnick D, Niwayama G, Coutts R. Subchondral cysts in arthritic disorders: pathologic and radiographic appearance of the hip joint. Image Findings: Spondylosis deformans (Osteophytes and osseoous ridging), Intervetebral osteochondrosis (disc spcae narrowing, Intradiscal vaccum phenomenom, disc calcification, subchondral bone sclerosis, Schmorl nodes), Uncovertebral joint osteoarthritis (Sclerosis, hypertrophy, joint spce narrowing, subluxation, capsular laxity, synovial cyst) CBCT following intra-articular injection of Iodine contrast (CBCT-Arthrography) may render exquisite detail of the articular cartilage using very thin slices and multiplanar reformation. The fracture can be seen as irregular linear or curvilinear subchondral low signal intensity structure near the subchondral bone plate of low signal intensity in T1-weighted images and also sometimes, but not always in T2-weighted images 1,2,4-8. 468 (12): 3181-5. Note the more subtle subchondral cyst formation in the proximal margin of the hamate (H), related to chronic repetitive abutment with the lunate (type II lunate morphology with an extra facet which articulates with the hamate). Due to its noninvasiveness, absence of radiation exposure and its ability to visualize associated concomitant soft tissue abnormalities, MRI is the initial technique for exclusion/confirmation of an osteochondral lesion of the ankle. [7], who correlated MR imaging with arthroscopic appearance. Arthroscopic treatment of chronic osteochondral lesions of the talus: Long-term results. 2. (2016) AJR. Background: Cystic lesions of the carpal bones are rare entities that are infrequently reported in the literature. Sclerotic lines as a result of impaction or as slight deformities of the joint line in case of subchondral collapse can sometimes be seen particularly at a later stage 4. (2009) Osteoarthritis and cartilage. Subchondral cysts are often a part of the joint degenerative process and occurs where there are breaks in the hip joint cartilage. A suggested grading system based on MRI findings is 9: Low-grade subchondral fractures in particular, if there is no collapse of the subchondral bone plate, can be treated conservatively with restricted weight-bearing 2,3  and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This term covers a wide spectrum of pathologies including (sub)chondral contusion, osteochondritis dissecans, osteochondral fracture and osteoarthritis resulting from longstanding disease. Rather, these subchondral lesions are typically lined by a connective tis-sue membrane, such as collagen [22–24] and The synovial fluid intrusion theory suggests that elevated intra-articular pressure forces joint fluid into the subchondral bone via fissured or ulcerated cartilage,, creating a cyst. Moreover, despite several modifications of the staging systems on MRI, not all combination of the degree of involvement of the cartilage and subchondral bone are included and therefore these classification systems remain uncomprehensive, complicated and less valuable for use in daily routine. However, other arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis also play a key role in an individual developing Subchondral Bone Cysts. Symptoms of subchondral cystic lesions can be mild to severe and can be of an acute onset. Coronal reformatted CBCT-A (b) demonstrates more clearly the OCL fragment (arrow) separated from the adjacent talus by thin rim of surrounding contrast (arrowheads). In this regard, CBCT-Arthrography (CBCT-A) may be very promising technique for precise staging of cartilage lesions of the ankle as an alternative for Multi Detector Computed Tomography (MDCT). Frequently, these lesions occur with ligamentous injury and one should thoroughly examine for instability.One may obtain radiographic imaging to evaluate for cystic or chondral changes, but bear in mind that these studies are insufficient for complete diag… Osteochondral lesions (OCL) of the talus involve both articular cartilage and subchondral bone of the talar dome. Patients will usually present with pain on weight-bearing in the affected joint, improving with rest 2. The overlying cartilage is intact at the talus, whereas there is subtle cartilage lesion at the distal tibia (arrow). It's a fluid-filled sac that forms in one or both of the bones that make up a joint. S2 (2017): 1. In such a case, leave the cartilage alone and only check it with ankle arthroscopy. Based on the combination of MRI and CBCT findings the diagnosis of a subchondral insufficiency fracture (SIF) was made. Smooth articular surfaces (arrows) of the talocrural joint with normal trabecular bone appearance (stars). Although not comprehensive in scope, this article correlated the pathophysiology and imaging features of several of these disorders to better understand the associated subchondral lucencies. Skeletal Radiol. 2008; 36(9): 1750–62. It has also been shown that both small (≤5 mm) and large (>5 mm) MR imaging–depicted osteophytes are associa… Sagittal (a) fat suppressed T2-WI show a subchondral band-like area of low signal at the subchondral cortex (white arrow) with surrounding BME (white asterisk). Subchondral cysts in the superior outer and middle third of the femoral head (pressure zone) may arise from bone contusion and synovial intrusion or osteoclastic resorption of necrotic trabeculae following avascular necrosis 1. Check for errors and try again. Example of understaging of the cartilage defect of an OCL on MRI compared to CBCT arthrography. Disqus. As the bulk of the U.S. population ages, the prevalence of osteoarthritis is expected to rise. Lomax, A, Miller, RJ, Fogg, QA, Jane Madeley, N and Senthil Kumar, C. Quantitative assessment of the subchondral vascularity of the talar dome: A cadaveric study. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 11. This process can evolve into cyst formation. Joint preserving surgical treatments of subchondral fractures include microfracture, drilling, subchondroplasty 10, or in the hip joint: transtochanteric osteotomy 11. Biomed Res Int. The index cases demonstrate a subchondral fracture, which progresses to osteonecrosis and cortical collapse. 1999; 20(12): 789–93. CBCT, which was first introduced for preoperative evaluation of dental implants, is currently also used for musculoskeletal applications. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2106/00004623-198668060-00007, De Smet, E, De Praeter, G, Verstraete, KL, Wouters, K, De Beuckeleer, L and Vanhoenacker, FM. 44 (2): 102-5. (2010) Clinical orthopaedics and related research. Nowadays MR staging of OCL on MRI is usually done by the Anderson classification [9], which is another modification of the initial staging system based on plain film evaluation by Berndt and Harty (Figure 6). 6. The main reason for that is the fact that we need images with high spatial resolution to detect early changes of articular cartilage of the ankle joint. 1991; 7(1): 101–4. 8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy M, Desimpel J and Vanhoenacker FM, ‘Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT’ (2017) 101 Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology 1 DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, Magdalena, Julie Desimpel, and Filip M. Vanhoenacker. 4. {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}. The majority of those lesions occur in active patients and are related to trauma. Although Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at 1.5 Tesla is the leading cross-sectional modality for detection and staging of OCL, lack of spatial resolution hampers accurate assessment of thin articular cartilage. S2, 2017, p. 1. In adult patients, the depth of the cartilage lesions is often understaged (Figures 3 and 4). Crossref, Medline, Google Scholar; 18 Rhaney K, Lamb D. The cysts of osteoarthritis of the hip: a radiologic and pathologic study. Cartilage thickness in cadaveric ankles: Measurement with double-contrast multi-detector row CT arthrography versus MR imaging. Subchondral lucency (SCL), also referred to as subchondral bone cysts, can cause clinical problems in horses and humans. CBCT-Arthrography (CBCT-A) of the talocrural joint, coronal reformatted image (d) showing smooth cartilage lining covering the normal subchondral bone of the talus (arrow) and tibia (arrowhead). 56 (6): 714-9. Note also partial filling of the subchondral cyst (black arrowhead) with contrast as an indirect sign of joint communication through a cartilage lesion. Ostlere SJ(1), Seeger LL, Eckardt JJ. Accurate staging of cartilage lesions is of utmost importance, as this will have a major impact on the treatment strategy and ultimate prognosis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2106/00004623-198971080-00004, Lee, KB, Bai, LB, Park, JG and Yoon, TR. Stage 4 consists of a displaced fragment, often accompanied with surrounding bone marrow edema. GCT can mimic or be mimicked by other benign or malignant lesions at both radiologic evaluation and histologic analysis. This term refers to a wide spectrum of pathologies including mild bone marrow contusion as well as severe osteoarthritis resulting from long standing disease. Arthroscopy. Subchondral bone cysts commonly occur adjacent to a treated focal cartilage defect and are possibly connected to the joint cavity. The articular cartilage layer of the talocrural joint is indicated in blue. Stage 3 according to Anderson classification. “Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT”. They can also occur in conjunction with twisting and ligamentous injuries. The authors have no competing interests to declare. 2017. (2010) AJR. Schematic drawing of the normal talocrural joint (a). Almost always there will be associated bone marrow edema best appreciated in fat-saturated T2-weighted and intermediate or proton-density weighted images 4. In stage 3 an undisplaced completely separated fragment can be seen on MRI with adjacent BME. Subchondral bone cysts (SBCs) are sacs filled with fluid that form inside of joints such as knees, hips, and shoulders. 48 (12): 1961-1974. Sayyid S, Younan Y, Sharma G, et al. The exact pathogenesis of these degenerative cysts is not certain.26,27 Subchondral cysts are most often seen in association with osteoarthritis, but may occur as the result of degeneration or injury of the overlying articular cartilage by other causes. Example of improved visualization of communication of subchondral cysts with the joint through deep articular cartilage lesions on CBCT arthrography. Fluid-fluid levels, consistent with secondary formation of aneurysmal bone cysts, are seen in 14% of cases. Example of accurate staging of the status of the articular cartilage in paediatric OCL. These cysts are produced in areas of damaged articular cartilage, subjacent to the underlying subarticular cortical plate. This review aims to summarize the available evidence on the evaluation and treatment of scaphoid cystic lesions to help guide clinical management. The cartilage at the talar dome is slightly irregularly delineated (white arrow). (2012) Clinics in orthopedic surgery. Subchondral cysts are of variable size from a f… Compared to the articular cartilage of the knee, cartilage of the ankle joint is very thin and the spatial resolution of MRI may be insufficient for detection of small lesions. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00167-008-0607-x, Barr, C, Bauer, JS, Malfair, D, Ma, B, Henning, TD, Steinbach, L, et al. There are two theories of pathogenesis of subchondral cyst formation: the synovial fluid intrusion theory, which proposes that articular surface defects and increased intra-articular pressure allow intrusion of synovial fluid into the bone, leading to formation of cavities; and the bone contusion theory, according to which non-communicating cysts arise from subchondral foci of bone necrosis that are the … Am J Sports Med. 4 (3): 173-80. Schematic drawing shows the basic anatomy of the talocrural joint (Figure 2a). (2015) Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987). All MR images wereobtained using a 1.5 Tesla unit after intraarticular injection of 20ml of diluted contrast material. American journal of roentgenology. In particular cases also alternative diagnoses can be made on basis of CBCT (Figure 11). The overlying cartilage is difficult to assess on MRI. subchondral bone marrow edema on dual-energy CT; MRI. 2008; 16(11): 1047–51. The etiology of subchondral cysts is unknown. Subchondral cysts and intraosseous ganglion cysts cannot be differentiated histologically. Radiology. Treatment depends on the location and size of the defect as well as the presence of secondary degenerative changes. The purpose of this pictorial review is to illustrate the strength of each imaging method. 2004; 233(3): 768–73. The IW fs sequence depicted subchondral bone marrow edema-like lesions to a larger extent than DESS (p < 0.0001), and the opposite was true for subchondral cysts. MRI is an excellent imaging tool, able to detect osteoarthritis indicators such as chondromalacia (with a magnet strength of 1.5 T, it has a sensitivity of 100% for grade III and IV lesions) 20, 21, subchondral edema, and subchondral cysts … 1959; 41–A: 988–1020. The majority of those lesions occur in active patients and are related to trauma. Subchondral bone involvement can be manifested by bone marrow edema (BME), fracture, sclerosis and/or cyst formation. Subchondral cysts of the tibia secondary to osteoarthritis of the knee. Prostaglandin I-1 and/or bisphosphonates might be considered 5. Unstable lesions – if left untreated – predispose for early osteoarthritis. Coronal (a) fat suppressed T2-WI show adjacent BME (white asterisk) at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome. In osteoarthritis, the overloading and the vascular obstruction within the subchondral bone leads to subchondral sclerosis, bone marrow edema and bleeding, and subchondral cysts. The accuracy also depends of the strength of the field and is lower on 1.5 Tesla magnets in comparison to 3T [11]. 101, no. The weight-bearing joints such as the knee, hip, and ankle joints are more commonly affected ref. Sometimes visible as subchondral hyperlucency with a decrease in bone density. As MRI is inaccurate for the evaluation of the articular cartilage compartment, further staging with direct arthrographic techniques are often mandatory if an OCL is detected on MRI and in those scenarios in which arthrosopic treatment is considered. MRI is the most sensitive method to depict this stage without any correlating signs on CR or CBCT with injection of intraarticular contrast. “Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT”. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546508316773, Dipaola, JD, Nelson, DW and Colville, MR. Characterizing osteochondral lesions by magnetic resonance imaging. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0749-8063(91)90087-E, Mintz, DN, Tashjian, GS, Connell, DA, Deland, JT, O’Malley, M and Potter, HG. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. Sagittal fat suppressed T2-WI (intermediate weighting) showing BME (white asterisk) at the lateral corner of the talar dome (b). Radiology department of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam and the Rijnland hospital, Leiderdorp, the Netherlands Publicationdate 2010-04-10 In this article we will discuss a systematic approach to the differential diagnosis of bone tumors and tumor-like lesions. Articular cartilage covering the articular surfaces (blue), cortical bone (black), normal bone marrow (yellow) and ligaments (brown). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00330-006-0446-4, El-Khoury, GY, Alliman, KJ, Lundberg, HJ, Rudert, MJ, Brown, TD and Saltzman, CL. On plain films, the subchondral bone is seen as a thin layer of compact bone with a smooth surface and a uniform adjacent trabecular bone (Figure 2b). 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On CBCT arthrographic images, the contrast separating the OCL fragment from the talar dome can be evaluated with more confidence (Figure 8). THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DIAGNOSIS OF SUBCHONDRAL FRACTURE OF THE FEMORAL HEAD, HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE IT FROM AVASCULAR NECROSIS AND HOW TO TREAT IT. Conventional radiographs are currently the standard for establishing a radiographic diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis (1–3). MRI coronal PD fat suppressed image (1.5 Tesla equipment) of the talocrural joint (c) with normal appearance of the thin cartilage layer (arrows) of intermediate signal, low signal of subchondral bone and homogenous bone marrow signal (stars). Yamamoto T, Iwasaki K, Iwamoto Y. Transtrochanteric rotational osteotomy for a subchondral insufficiency fracture of the femoral head in young adults. There is slight irregular delineation of the cartilage (white arrow). Posadzy M, Desimpel J, Vanhoenacker FM. 195 (1): W63-8. There are two generally accepted theories on the etiology of subchondral cysts. This article highlights some of the causes and treatment options for Subchondral Bone Cysts. Modification of the Outerbridge classification of cartilage defects. Hallmarks of osteoarthritis include the presence of marginal osteophytes and subchondral cysts in the tibiofemoral joint. MR imaging of the ankle at 3 Tesla and 1.5 Tesla: Protocol optimization and application to cartilage, ligament and tendon pathology in cadaver specimens. Stage 2 refers to partial detachment of OCL with subchondral cyst formation or fissure incompletely separating the lesion from the talar dome. Pathria MN, Chung CB, Resnick DL. In addition, the trabecular architecture of subchondral bone is far better visualized on CBCT than on CR. Foot Ankle Surg. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy M, Desimpel J, Vanhoenacker FM. 1986; 68(6): 862–5. Assess range of motion to evaluate for pain and limitation as well as clicking or catching of the joint. Schematic drawings of OCL classification according to Anderson. The presence of a subchondral edema with an acetabular cyst on MRI is indicative of a full-thickness cartilage lesion at the time of arthroscopy. (2009) Revista brasileira de ortopedia. Coronal (b) and sagittal (c) reformatted CBCT-A show subtle subchondral sclerosis (black arrow) at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome, but the overlying cartilage is intact. 2017;101(S2):1. Because the plasticity of the cartilage in children and adolescents is higher than in adults, OCL lesions in young patients are often characterized by isolated subchondral bony changes without overlying cartilage disruption (Figure 5). Foot Ankle Int. 2017;101(S2):1. J Bone Joint Surg Am. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1977;128:799–806. Coronal (a) and sagittal (b) fat suppressed T2-WI show adjacent kissing areas of bone marrow edema (white arrowheads) at the distal tibia and talar dome. They're especially common at the knee or hip. Note that the cystic changes are subchondral at the proximal ulnar portion of the lunate (L). J Bone Joint Surg Br 1955;37:663. With widespread use of MR it is now not uncommon in clinical practice to observe this progression of findings. In our patients, from the follow-up X-ray and MRI we observed a satisfied regeneration of the subchondral bone without bone resorption or recurrence of the cyst, indicating that cancellous bone autograft is an effective method for treating subchondral cysts.Furthermore, the successful reconstruction of the subchondral bone significantly relieved the patients' symptoms, as the … Articular cartilage lining remains homogenous without any signal changes (Figure 7). With the advent of MRI, this grading system was further revised including evaluation of structures invisible on conventional radiology, such as the integrity of the cartilage and presence of BME. Conventional radiography, Mortise View (b). Finally, when fluid flows underneath the defect, the OCD can become unstable and may result in a corpus liberum. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, M., et al.. “Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT”. A mnemonic for the causes of subchondral cysts is: COORS Mnemonic C: CPPD O: osteoarthritis O: osteonecrosis R: rheumatoid arthritis S: synovial-based tumors See also Geode Direct comparison of conventional radiography and cone-beam CT in small bone and joint trauma. Scaphoid intraosseous cystic lesions represent a rare subset of carpal bone cysts. They can progress to subchondral collapse, osteochondral injury, and osteochondral defects 1. Sagittal PD fat suppressed MRI image (a) showing BME (star) at the posteromedial part of the talar dome. 2015; 44(8): 1111–7. Author information: (1)Department of Radiological Sciences, University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles. Coronal (c) and sagittal (d) reformatted CBCT-A show a focal bony lesion with peripheral sclerosis in the distal tibia and talus. Alternative diagnosis on CBCT compared to MRI. Cartilage damage may have a variable imaging appearance ranging from a small fissure, a distinct defect, flap formation or delamination. Subchondral fractures due to trauma can occur at any age. The overlying cartilage is difficult to assess on MRI but seems to be slightly inhomogeneous (white arrow). Roemer FW, Frobell R, Hunter DJ, et al. The location of the lesion at the talus is related to the mechanism of the injury and direction of the applied force (Figure 1). 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