The articular surface of the talus is large and its blood supply is critical in the watershed areas [1] explaining an impaired healing process and predisposition to posttraumatic necrosis in those vulnerable areas. Location of the OCL according to the mechanism of trauma. Sagittal (a) and coronal (b) fat suppressed T2-WI showing multilocular subchondral cysts (black arrowheads) at the medial aspect of the talar dome. Sagittal PD fat suppressed MRI image (a) showing BME (star) at the posteromedial part of the talar dome. This review aims to summarize the available evidence on the evaluation and treatment of scaphoid cystic lesions to help guide clinical management. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/3594253, Posadzy, M., Desimpel, J. and Vanhoenacker, F.M., 2017. 7. The overlying cartilage is difficult to assess on MRI but seems to be slightly inhomogeneous (white arrow). Radiology. Subchondral cysts of the tibia secondary to osteoarthritis of the knee. Coronal (c) and sagittal (d) reformatted CBCT-A show a focal bony lesion with peripheral sclerosis in the distal tibia and talus. Therefore, for more accurate evaluation of cartilage covering of articular surfaces of the talar dome and distal tibia and fibula, direct arthrographic techniques combined with CT and MRI may be useful (Figure 2d). They can also occur in conjunction with twisting and ligamentous injuries. This is an i… Modification of the Outerbridge classification of cartilage defects. There are two generally accepted theories on the etiology of subchondral cysts. 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). Subchondral insufficiency fractures are more common in elderly women 1,4,6. 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. Disqus. American journal of roentgenology. 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. high signal subchondral cysts; Treatment and prognosis. Author information: (1)Department of Radiological Sciences, University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles. 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. Subchondral cysts are often a part of the joint degenerative process and occurs where there are breaks in the hip joint cartilage. 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 It's a fluid-filled sac that forms in one or both of the bones that make up a joint. Case 2: subchondral insufficiency fracture, subchondral insufficiency fracture of the knee, directly visible subchondral trabecular discontinuity on high resolution, signs of subcortical impaction visible as subchondral hyperdensity, grade 2: bone marrow edema with low signal intensity fracture line, grade 3: fluid-filled fracture line and cysts, grade 4: cortical collapse with a step off, concave, smooth half-moon/crescentic appearing necrotic segment, usually in conjunction with chondral damage. Coronal reformatted CBCT-A (c) barely shows subtle subchondral sclerosis at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome and intact overlying cartilage. 3. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DIAGNOSIS OF SUBCHONDRAL FRACTURE OF THE FEMORAL HEAD, HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE IT FROM AVASCULAR NECROSIS AND HOW TO TREAT IT. Osteochondral lesions (OCL) of the talus are defined as any damage involving both articular cartilage and subchondral bone of the talar dome. This process can evolve into cyst formation. The first system of classification has been reported by Berndt and Harty in 1959 [4], including four stages based on their radiological appearance. Eur Radiol. ADVERTISEMENT: Radiopaedia is free thanks to our supporters and advertisers. The index cases demonstrate a subchondral fracture, which progresses to osteonecrosis and cortical collapse. 1986; 68(6): 862–5. The presence of intraarticular contrast and high spatial resolution improves visualization of the cartilage surfaces compared to routine MRI on 1.5 Tesla. Subchondral cysts of the tibia secondary to osteoarthritis of … Check for errors and try again. Thus, “cyst” is not an accurate term for the lesions encountered at imaging of subchondral bone. Subchondral cysts are a common finding in osteoarthritic knees. subchondral bone marrow edema on dual-energy CT; MRI. If the cartilage is damaged, perform a subchondral cyst approach as I have detailed above. All MR images wereobtained using a 1.5 Tesla unit after intraarticular injection of 20ml of diluted contrast material. Down staging of an OCL on CBCT compared to MRI. Example of improved visualization of communication of subchondral cysts with the joint through deep articular cartilage lesions on CBCT arthrography. The overlying cartilage is difficult to assess on MRI. MRI-detected subchondral bone marrow signal alterations of the knee joint: terminology, imaging appearance, relevance and radiological differential diagnosis. Sayyid S, Younan Y, Sharma G, et al. 11. Articular cartilage lining remains homogenous without any signal changes (Figure 7). 1. The articular cartilage layer of the talocrural joint is indicated in blue. Acute and Stress-related Injuries of Bone and Cartilage: Pertinent Anatomy, Basic Biomechanics, and Imaging Perspective. [7], who correlated MR imaging with arthroscopic appearance. 24) is an intraosseous cyst which occurs beneath an articular surface of a bone. An alternative MRI staging system has been proposed by Mintz [8] et al. The etiology of subchondral cysts is unknown. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, M., Desimpel, J., & Vanhoenacker, F. M. (2017). 2016; 2016: 3594253. Similar to the Outerbridge classification widely used in staging of cartilage lesions of the knee, a modified staging system for evaluation of the depth of cartilage defects with correlation to arthroscopy may be used in the ankle (Figure 10). (2019) Skeletal radiology. Coronal PD fat suppressed MRI image (b) revealing BME (star) in the posteromedial part of the talar dome. In fact, Subchondral Bone Cyst is one of the parameters that physicians look at when diagnosing osteoarthritis. Pathria MN, Chung CB, Resnick DL. In humans, SCLs occur in youths and adolescents [1] due to … Subchondral fractures due to trauma can occur at any age. Coronal proton density (b) shows focal hypointense thickening of the talar dome (arrow). It combines high spatial resolution, relatively low radiation dose and low equipment cost and is useful for evaluation of trauma of small bones and joints, particularly when there is clinical suspicion for a fracture despite negative plain radiographs [3]. Arthroscopy. Osteochondral lesions of the talus: A new magnetic resonance grading system with arthroscopic correlation. At earlier stages (stage 1 to 4), a number of options exist including: 56 (6): 714-9. Osteochondral lesions (OCL) of the talus involve both articular cartilage and subchondral bone of the talar dome. 207 (6): 1257-1262. MRI sensitivity in detection of OCL of the talus, correlated with arthroscopic correlation, varies according to different studies and has been reported as high as 81% [10]. Direct comparison of conventional radiography and cone-beam CT in small bone and joint trauma. 1989; 71(8): 1143–52. 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 … Based on the combination of MRI and CBCT findings the diagnosis of a subchondral insufficiency fracture (SIF) was made. In addition, the trabecular architecture of subchondral bone is far better visualized on CBCT than on CR. Subchondral bone involvement can be manifested by bone marrow edema (BME), fracture, sclerosis and/or cyst formation. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology, 101(S2), 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2106/00004623-195941060-00002, Hepple, S, Winson, IG and Glew, D. Osteochondral lesions of the talus: A revised classification. Stage 3 according to Anderson classification. (2015) Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987). Roemer FW, Frobell R, Hunter DJ, et al. 10. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology, 101(S2), p.1. 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). 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. Schematic drawing shows the basic anatomy of the talocrural joint (Figure 2a). 101, no. Subchondral bone cysts (SBCs) are sacs filled with fluid that form inside of joints such as knees, hips, and shoulders. Symptoms of subchondral cystic lesions can be mild to severe and can be of an acute onset. Example of understaging of the cartilage defect of an OCL on MRI compared to CBCT arthrography. Accurate staging of cartilage lesions is of utmost importance, as this will have a major impact on the treatment strategy and ultimate prognosis. 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). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546508316773, Dipaola, JD, Nelson, DW and Colville, MR. Characterizing osteochondral lesions by magnetic resonance imaging. Posadzy M, Desimpel J, Vanhoenacker FM. A subchondral cyst (Fig. 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. Ikemura S, Yamamoto T, Motomura G, et al. Unable to process the form. Alternative diagnosis on CBCT compared to MRI. Yamamoto T, Iwasaki K, Iwamoto Y. Transtrochanteric rotational osteotomy for a subchondral insufficiency fracture of the femoral head in young adults. [6, 20]. ... extends to the subchondral bone, and occurs in patients with closed physes (4 ... Skeletal Radiology, Vol. Additional CBCT-Arthrography is, however, very useful for more accurate cartilage staging and should be considered in those clinical scenarios where arthroscopic treatment of the lesion is considered. Rather, these subchondral lesions are typically lined by a connective tis-sue membrane, such as collagen [22–24] and S2, 2017, p. 1. MRI evaluation of collapsed femoral heads in patients 60 years old or older: Differentiation of subchondral insufficiency fracture from osteonecrosis of the femoral head. A comparison of arthroscopic and MRI findings in staging of osteochondral lesions of the talus. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1991; 7(1): 101–4. 17 (9): 1115-31. 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… On a corresponding sagittal reformatted CBCT-A (c), there is almost complete detachment of the cartilage at the superolateral aspect of the talar dome (black arrow). Coronal PD fat suppressed coronal image (a) showing an OCL fragment completely detached from talar dome without displacement (arrow), bone marrow oedema (star) of adjacent part of the talus. As the bulk of the U.S. population ages, the prevalence of osteoarthritis is expected to rise. Coronal fat suppressed T2-WI (intermediate weighting) showing BME (white asterisk) at the lateral corner of the talar dome (a). These cysts are produced in areas of damaged articular cartilage, subjacent to the underlying subarticular cortical plate. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377, Posadzy, Magdalena, Julie Desimpel, and Filip M. Vanhoenacker. 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. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. These patients have inferior outcomes for arthroscopic treatment of FAI compared with patients with similar age and activity level without MRI subchondral … Example of accurate staging of the status of the articular cartilage in paediatric OCL. Subchondral cystic lesions are common features that are associated with many arthropathies and synovial-based processes. Studies on cadavers performed on CT arthrography [12] showed more accurate cartilage thickness measurements in comparison to standard MRI, which is in line with a superior evaluation of OCL with CT arthrographic techniques [13] (Figure 9). Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 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). 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 … 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). 468 (12): 3181-5. 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. Hallmarks of osteoarthritis include the presence of marginal osteophytes and subchondral cysts in the tibiofemoral joint. 3. In osteoarthritis, the overloading and the vascular obstruction within the subchondral bone leads to subchondral sclerosis, bone marrow edema and bleeding, and subchondral cysts. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1377. Arthroscopy. Fluid-fluid levels, consistent with secondary formation of aneurysmal bone cysts, are seen in 14% of cases. 1999; 20(12): 789–93. Diagnostic value of CT arthrography for evaluation of osteochondral lesions at the ankle. 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. 2003; 19(4): 353–9. 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. 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. (2016) Radiology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2333031921, Kirschke, JS, Braun, S, Baum, T, Holwein, C, Schaeffeler, C, Imhoff, AB, et al. 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. In adult patients, the depth of the cartilage lesions is often understaged (Figures 3 and 4). Cartilage damage may have a variable imaging appearance ranging from a small fissure, a distinct defect, flap formation or delamination. 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. Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 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. Agten CA, Kaplan DJ, Jazrawi LM, et al. 4 (3): 173-80. Subchondral means under the cartilage and refers to fluid filled cavities within the bone that is under the cartilage. 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) GCT can mimic or be mimicked by other benign or malignant lesions at both radiologic evaluation and histologic analysis. The purpose of this pictorial review is to illustrate the strength of each imaging method. Treatment depends on the location and size of the defect as well as the presence of secondary degenerative changes. 2017;101(S2):1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00256-015-2127-3, Berndt, AL and Harty, M. Transchondral fractures (osteochondritis dissecans) of the talus. Almost always there will be associated bone marrow edema best appreciated in fat-saturated T2-weighted and intermediate or proton-density weighted images 4. Patients will usually present with pain on weight-bearing in the affected joint, improving with rest 2. Coronal (c, d) reformatted CBCT-A clearly shows an extensive cartilage lesion down to bone with adjacent cartilage flap (black arrow). 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). {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}. This term refers to a wide spectrum of pathologies including mild bone marrow contusion as well as severe osteoarthritis resulting from long standing disease. 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. in 2003. 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. Conventional radiographs are currently the standard for establishing a radiographic diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis (1–3). “Staging of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: MRI and Cone Beam CT”. Jose J, Pasquotti G, Smith MK, et al. This term covers a wide spectrum of pathologies including (sub)chondral contusion, osteochondritis dissecans, osteochondral fracture and osteoarthritis resulting from longstanding disease. 2008; 36(9): 1750–62. Anatomy of the talocrural joint. The cartilage at the talar dome is slightly irregularly delineated (white arrow). Some authors suggest that … 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”. 2015; 44(8): 1111–7. 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. However, other arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis also play a key role in an individual developing Subchondral Bone Cysts. There is slight irregular delineation of the cartilage (white arrow). 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]. Cartilage thickness in cadaveric ankles: Measurement with double-contrast multi-detector row CT arthrography versus MR imaging. Am J Sports Med. (2009) Revista brasileira de ortopedia. Finally, when fluid flows underneath the defect, the OCD can become unstable and may result in a corpus liberum. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology, vol. 195 (1): W63-8. Osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent and disabling chronic conditions affecting older adults and a significant public health problem among adults of working age. 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). The accuracy also depends of the strength of the field and is lower on 1.5 Tesla magnets in comparison to 3T [11]. Ostlere SJ(1), Seeger LL, Eckardt JJ. 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. 2004; 233(3): 768–73. Subchondral insufficiency fractures of the knee: review of imaging findings. 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 … A modified grading system has been proposed by Hepple in 1999 [5] and by Dipaola et al. Sagittal fat suppressed T2-WI (intermediate weighting) showing BME (white asterisk) at the lateral corner of the talar dome (b). Biomed Res Int. This is not Kienbock's disease, where cystic changes develop more diffusely. 2007; 17(6): 1518–28. With widespread use of MR it is now not uncommon in clinical practice to observe this progression of findings. 1959; 41–A: 988–1020. Subchondral insufficiency fracture of the knee: grading, risk factors, and outcome. 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]. Cartilage damage may have a variable imaging appearance ranging from a small fissure, a distinct defect, flap formation or delamination. Stage 2 refers to partial detachment of OCL with subchondral cyst formation or fissure incompletely separating the lesion from the talar dome. On CBCT arthrographic images, the contrast separating the OCL fragment from the talar dome can be evaluated with more confidence (Figure 8). 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. 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