3D MRI of the Hand and Wrist: Technical Considerations and Clinical Applications

Danoob Dalili, Jan Fritz, Amanda Isaac*

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In the last few years, major developments have been observed in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Advances in both scanner hardware and software technologies have witnessed great leaps, enhancing the diagnostic quality and, therefore, the value of MRI. In musculoskeletal radiology, three-dimensional (3D) MRI has become an integral component of the diagnostic pathway at our institutions. This technique is particularly relevant in patients with hand and wrist symptoms, due to the intricate nature of the anatomical structures and the wide range of differential diagnoses for most presentations. We review the benefits of 3D MRI of the hand and wrist, commonly used pulse sequences, clinical applications, limitations, and future directions. We offer guidance for enhancing the image quality and tips for image interpretation of 3D MRI of the hand and wrist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-513
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • advanced imaging
  • hand
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • three-dimensional
  • wrist


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