MRI Arthroscopy Correlations: Introduction

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Napoleon is credited with the dictum that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Imagine then what many pictures, analyzed in concert, are worth. The senior guest editor has championed the concept of correlating magnetic resonance imaging and arthroscopy from the beginning of his career. The genesis of this included regular visits to the dark halls of radiology, arthroscopic pictures in hand, to discuss findings with the musculoskeletal radiologist who interpreted the original images. Over the years, this blossomed into symposia (the original one was “standing room only” and risked intervention by the fire marshal), instructional course lectures, stand-alone conferences, articles, chapters, and even books (the most recent one edited by the junior guest editor for this issue of SMAR).
We invited arthroscopic experts to enlist the help of musculoskeletal radiologists with whom they work with on a daily basis, to share images that correlate magnetic resonance imaging and arthroscopic findings using a case-based format. The result is a comprehensive compendium of anatomically based findings. We still meet with our musculoskeletal radiologists in a popular conference on a regular basis. It is a great way to share findings and continue our pursuit of life-long learning.
We would like to thank the Editor of this series, Dr Greg Fanelli, and the wonderful folks at Wolters Kluwer, especially Naima Stone, for inviting us to put this edition together and helping us along the way.

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