MR imaging of the pelvis: A guide to incidental musculoskeletal findings for abdominal radiologists

Kara Gaetke-Udager, Gandikota Girish, Ravi K. Kaza, Jon Jacobson, David Fessell, Yoav Morag, David Jamadar

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Occasionally patients who undergo magnetic resonance imaging for presumed pelvic disease demonstrate unexpected musculoskeletal imaging findings in the imaged field. Such incidental findings can be challenging to the abdominal radiologist, who may not be familiar with their appearance or know the appropriate diagnostic considerations. Findings can include both normal and abnormal bone marrow, osseous abnormalities such as Paget's disease, avascular necrosis, osteomyelitis, stress and insufficiency fractures, and athletic pubalgia, benign neoplasms such as enchondroma and bone island, malignant processes such as metastasis and chondrosarcoma, soft tissue processes such as abscess, nerve-related tumors, and chordoma, joint- and bursal-related processes such as sacroiliitis, iliopsoas bursitis, greater trochanteric pain syndrome, and labral tears, and iatrogenic processes such as bone graft or bone biopsy. Though not all-encompassing, this essay will help abdominal radiologists to identify and describe this variety of pelvic musculoskeletal conditions, understand key radiologic findings, and synthesize a differential diagnosis when appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-796
Number of pages21
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal radiologists
  • Incidental findings
  • Musculoskeletal MRI
  • Pelvic MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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