MRI Assesses Athletes’ Groin Injuries

Diagnostic Imaging Staff

Magnetic resonance imaging allows physicians to assess acute groin injuries among athletes.

Standardized magnetic resonance imaging assessment of acute groin injuries shows good intra- and inter-rater reproducibility among athletes with acute groin pain, according to a study published in European Radiology.

Researchers from Denmark performed a prospective study to assess the use of multi-dimensional MRI assessment among 75 competitive male athletes (mean age 36.6), focusing on acute musculotendinous groin lesion.

The athletes had presented within seven days of acute onset of sports-related groin pain. All athletes underwent MRI to evaluate the following muscles:



Obturator internus

Rectus abdominis

Rectus femoris


Tensor fasciae latae

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The results showed 85 different acute lesions, the most common being adductor lungus lesions (42.7%), followed by rectus femoris lesions (16.3%). Nineteen types of nonacute lesions were detected; the most common was bone marrow edema, present in at least one side in 55% of the subject group. The researchers also found central disk protrusions/superior osteophytes and perisymphyseal sclerosis.

“A standardized MRI assessment approach of acute groin injuries was described and showed good intra- and inter-rater reproducibility,” the researchers concluded.