Advanced diagnostic imaging and intervention in tendon diseases

Advanced diagnostic imaging and intervention in tendon diseases


  • Federico Bruno Department of Biotechnology and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Pierpaolo Palumbo Department of Biotechnology and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Francesco Arrigoni Emergency Radiology, San Salvatore Hospital, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Silvia Mariani Emergency Radiology, San Salvatore Hospital, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Giacomo Aringhieri Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Department of Translational Research and of New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  • Marina Carotti Dipartimento di Scienze Radiologiche S. O. D. Radiologia Pediatrica e Specialistica, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria, Ospedali Riuniti "Umberto I-G.M. Lancisi-Salesi", and Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche Specialistiche e Odontostomatologiche, University Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
  • Raffaele Natella Department of Precision Medicine, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Naples, Italy
  • Marcello Zappia Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy
  • Paola Cipriani Department of Biotechnology and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Roberto Giacomelli Department of Biotechnology and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Ernesto Di Cesare Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
  • Alessandra Splendiani Department of Biotechnology and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Carlo Masciocchi Department of Biotechnology and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Antonio Barile Department of Applied Clinical Science and Biotechnology, University of L'Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy


tendon, tendinosis, MRI, T2 mapping, ultrasound elastography


Degenerative tendon pathology represents one of the most frequent and disabling musculoskeletal disorders. Diagnostic radiology plays a fundamental role in the clinical evaluation of tendon pathologies. Moreover, several minimally invasive treatments can be performed under imaging guidance to treat tendon disorders, maximizing the efficacy and reducing procedural complications. In this review article we describe the most relevant diagnostic features of conventional and advanced US and MRI imaging in tendon disorders, along with the main options for image-guided intervention.


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