Is vascularity more evident after exercise? Implications for tendon imaging

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OBJECTIVE. The objective of our study was to investigate the effect of activity on tendon vascularity in 17 abnormal patellar tendons. CONCLUSION. Tendon vascularity is significantly increased by activity (p < 0.001). From this finding, we infer that imaging abnormal tendons with color Doppler sonography to detect neovascularization may be most useful after the patient exercises. Investigations to determine how much activity is necessary to ensure maximal vascularity is detected by Doppler sonography are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1138-1140
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005

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