MRI tracks soft-tissue complications after hip replacement
Aunt Minnie reports on HSS study findings published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and includes insight from the lead and senior study authors Matthew F. Koff, PhD, scientist, and Hollis G. Potter, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology and Imaging, respectively.
The study found that MRI effectively tracks soft-tissue complications in patients who have undergone hip resurfacing arthroplasty or total hip replacement and also suggest the use of MRI to be included as part of routine follow-up protocol, as an annual clinical assessment dependent on survey or blood metal ion testing alone may not detect complications.
Dr. Potter said, “We found that patients can be completely asymptomatic and have high-functioning hip scores while harboring reactions that could start to destroy the soft tissues around the hip. This finding is important because tissue reactions typically worsen over time. Delayed detection results in unnecessary pain, longer and more complicated revision operations and more challenging recoveries."