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These are T1 weighted MRI images through the lower thigh, note the coronal reference image and the corresponding axial image Axial Coronal Can you identify.

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1 These are T1 weighted MRI images through the lower thigh, note the coronal reference image and the corresponding axial image Axial Coronal Can you identify the muscle group marked by the arrows? These are the quadriceps muscles, what 4 muscles make up this group and what is the only one of this groups that crosses 2 joints? Vastus medialis, lateralis and intermedius and the rectus femoris (rectus crosses knee & hip joints)

2 What is the structure in the center of the muscle? (dark on outside bright in the center) This is the femur, so why is it dark on the outside and bright on the inside? Cortical bone, black signal, is very densely packed and generates almost no signal on MRI. The marrow space is filled with fat and marrow producing elements and is similar signal to the rest of the fat on MRI images.

3 What is this vascular structure in the medial aspect of the thigh? Femoral artery What muscle overlies the femoral artery in the thigh? What nerve lies between the adductor magnus and the hamstrings? N Add mag Hamstrings Sciatic nerve Sartorius Muscle

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5 This axial slice is a little lower down. Can you name the vascular structures posterior to the femur? These are the popliteal artery and vein. What are the nerves just lateral and posterior to the vessels? Tibial nerve (solid arrow) Common peroneal nerve (dashed arrow)

6 Why does the femur have less black (cortex) and more medullary space (marrow fat) down close to the knee joint? This is because we have left the diaphysis and are now in the metaphysis where there is more marrow and cortex is thinner. Look at the cortical thickness

7 Let’s name some muscles. Can you point out the vastus medialis? Sartorius Gracilis, it is just a tendon here Semimembranosis Semitendinosis, just a tendon at this level Biceps femoris

8 These are some more inferior images of the knee, other side (left) from the previous patient. Can you follow the popliteal artery and vein and note their relationship to the nerves (tibial and peroneal together at this level). A V N

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10 Can you identify the bone anterior to the femur. This is the patella. Note that the peroneal nerve is starting to head lateral at this level

11 Note how the muscles change around the knee. The semitendinosis and the gracilis are just tendons (black dots) at this level. Semitendinosis Gracilis

12 Look at the superficial peroneal nerve at the level. Where is it heading?

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14 Why don’t we see any bones on this image? Because we are at the level of the knee joint

15 We are now below the level of the knee joint. What bone are we looking at? B This is the tibia. Where is the fibula?

16 What is this black structure attaching to the tibial tubercle? This is the patellar tendon. Do you see the fibula now?

17 What are the muscles you see in the upper calf posteriorly? Medial and lateral gastocnemius muscles. This is the solues muscle Popliteus

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19 On this CT angiogram can you identify the popliteal artery, take-off of the anterior tibial artery, peroneal artery and posterior tibial artery? Popliteal arteries Anterior tibial arteries Peroneal arteries Posterior tibial arteries

20 This is a patient with complete disruption of the distal superficial femoral artery/upper popliteal artery. You can see how it is reconsitiuted (through collaterals) at the level of the knee joint. Disrupted Reconstituted


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