Atlas of Knee MRI Anatomy

This webpage presents the anatomical structures found on knee MRI.

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MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 1. 1, Patella. 2, Quadriceps tendon.
  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 1. 1, Patella. 2, Quadriceps tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 2. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Infrapatellar fat pad of Hoffa. 5, Patellar tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 3. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, lateral femoral condyle. 4, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 4. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Femur. 5, Iliotibial tract. 6, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 5. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Iliotibial tract. 5, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 6. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Medial meniscus, anterior horn. 5, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 7. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Medial meniscus. 5, Lateral meniscus. 6, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 8. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Posterior cruciate ligament. 5, Medial meniscus. 6, Lateral meniscus. 7, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 9. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Posterior cruciate ligament. 5, Medial meniscus. 6, Lateral meniscus. 7, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 10. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Posterior cruciate ligament. 5, Anterior cruciate ligament. 6, Tibial collateral ligament. 7, Fibular collateral ligament. 8, Medial meniscus. 9, Lateral meniscus. 10, Tibia. 11, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 11. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Tractus ilio-tibial 5, Posterior cruciate ligament. 6, Anterior cruciate ligament. 7, Medial meniscus. 8, Lateral meniscus. 9, Tibia. 10, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 12. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Biceps femoris muscle. 4, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Femur. 7, Medial meniscus. 8, Lateral meniscus. 9, Posterior cruciate ligament. 10, Tibia. 11, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 13. 1, Sartorius muscle. 2, Vastus medialis muscle. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Popliteal a & v. 5, Biceps femoris muscle. 6, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 7, Femur. 8, Medial meniscus. 9, Lateral meniscus. 10, Greater saphenous vein. 11, Tibia. 12, Popliteus muscle. 13, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 14. 1, Sartorius muscle. 2, Popliteal a & v. 3, Biceps femoris muscle. 4, Femur. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 7, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 15. 1, Greater saphenous vein. 2, Sartorius muscle. 3, Biceps femoris muscle. 4, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 5, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T1-weighted, coronal view. Image 16. 1, Greater saphenous vein. 2, Sartorius muscle. 3, Semimembranosus muscle. 4, Biceps femoris muscle. 5, Tibial nerve. 6, Common peroneal n. 7, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 8, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 1. 1, Quadriceps tendon. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Vastus medialis muscle. 5, Sartorius muscle. 6, Gracilis muscle. 7, Semitendinosus muscle and tendon. 8, Semimembranosus muscle and tendon. 9, Popliteal a & v. 10, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 2. 1, Quadriceps tendon. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Vastus medialis muscle. 5, Sartorius muscle. 6, Gracilis muscle. 7, Semitendinosus muscle and tendon. 8, Semimembranosus muscle and tendon. 9, Popliteal a & v. 10, Tibial nerve. 11, Common peroneal nerve. 12, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 3. 1, Quadriceps tendon. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Vastus medialis muscle. 5, Sartorius muscle. 6, Gracilis muscle. 7, Semitendinosus muscle and tendon. 8, Semimembranosus muscle and tendon. 9, Popliteal a & v. 10, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 4. 1, Patella. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Vastus medialis muscle. 5, Sartorius muscle. 6, Gracilis muscle. 7, Semitendinosus muscle and tendon. 8, Semimembranosus muscle and tendon. 9, Tibial nerve. 10, Common peroneal nerve. 11, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 5. 1, Patella. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Vastus medialis muscle. 5, Sartorius muscle. 6, Gracilis muscle. 7, Semitendinosus muscle and tendon. 8, Semimembranosus muscle and tendon. 9, Tibial nerve. 10, Common peroneal nerve. 11, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 6. 1, Patella. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Vastus medialis muscle. 5, Sartorius muscle. 6, Gracilis muscle. 7, Semitendinosus muscle and tendon. 8, Semimembranosus muscle and tendon. 9, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 7. 1, Patella. 2, Iliotibial tract. 3, Femur. 4, Vastus medialis muscle. 5, Sartorius muscle. 6, Gracilis tendon. 7, Semimembranosus tendon. 8, Semitendinosus muscle and tendon. 9, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 8. 1, Patella. 2, Iliotibial tract. 3, Femur. 4, Sartorius muscle. 5, Gracilis tendon. 6, Semimembranosus tendon. 7, Semitendinosus tendon. 8, Tibial nerve. 9, Common peroneal nerve. 10, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 9. 1, Patella. 2, Iliotibial tract. 3, Femur. 4, Sartorius muscle. 5, Gracilis tendon. 6, Semimembranosus tendon. 7, Semitendinosus tendon. 8, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 9, Popliteal A & v. 10, Biceps femoris muscle and tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 10. 1, Patella. 2, Femur. 3, Sartorius muscle. 4, Semimembranosus tendon. 5, Semitendinosus tendon. 6, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 7,Popliteal A & v. 8, Biceps femoris muscle and tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 11. 1, Patella. 2, Femur. 3, Sartorius muscle. 4, Semitendinosus tendon. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Popliteal A & v. 7, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 8, Biceps femoris muscle and tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 12. 1, Femur. 2, Greater saphenous vein. 3, Sartorius muscle and tendon. 4, Semitendinosus tendon. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Popliteal A & v. 7, Biceps femoris muscle and tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 13. 1, Femur. 2, Greater saphenous vein. 3, Sartorius muscle and tendon. 4, Semitendinosus tendon. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Biceps femoris muscle and tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 14. 1, Patellar tendon. 2, Infrapatellar fat pad of Hoffa. 3, Lateral femoral condyle. 4, Medial femoral condyle. 5, Greater saphenous vein. 6, Sartorius muscle and tendon. 7, Semitendinosus tendon. 8, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 9, Posterior cruciate ligament. 10, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 11, Biceps femoris muscle and tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 15. 1, Patellar tendon. 2, Infrapatellar fat pad of Hoffa. 3, Lateral femoral condyle. 4, Medial femoral condyle. 5, Greater saphenous vein. 6, Semitendinosus tendon. 7, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 8, Posterior cruciate ligament. 9, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 10, Biceps femoris muscle and tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 16. 1, Patellar tendon. 2, Infrapatellar fat pad of Hoffa. 3, Medial meniscus. 4, Greater saphenous vein. 5, Sartorius muscle and tendon. 6, Semitendinosus tendon. 7, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 8, Posterior cruciate ligament. 9, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 10, Lateral meniscus.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 17. 1, Patellar tendon. 2, Lateral Tibial plateau. 3, Medial Tibial plateau. 4, Greater saphenous vein. 5, Sartorius muscle and tendon. 6, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 7, Plantar and lateral head gastrocnemius muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 18. 1, Patellar tendon. 2, Tibia. 3, Sartorius tendon. 4, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 5, Popliteal a. and v.. 6, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 19. 1, Patellar tendon. 2, Tibia. 3, Sartorius tendon. 4, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 5, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Axial view. Image 20. 1, Patellar tendon. 2, Tibia. 3, Sartorius tendon. 4, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 5, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 1. 1, Patella. 2, Quadriceps tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 2. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Infrapatellar fat pad of Hoffa. 5, Patellar tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 3. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, lateral femoral condyle. 4, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 4. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Femur. 5, Iliotibial tract. 6, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 5. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Iliotibial tract. 5, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 6. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Medial meniscus, anterior horn. 5, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 7. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Medial meniscus. 5, Lateral meniscus. 6, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 7. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Medial meniscus. 5, Lateral meniscus. 6, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 9. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Femur. 4, Posterior cruciate ligament. 5, Medial meniscus. 6, Lateral meniscus. 7, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 10. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Posterior cruciate ligament. 5, Anterior cruciate ligament. 6, Tibial collateral ligament. 7, Fibular collateral ligament. 8, Medial meniscus. 9, Lateral meniscus. 10, Tibia. 11, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 11. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Tractus ilio-tibial 5, Posterior cruciate ligament. 6, Anterior cruciate ligament. 7, Medial meniscus. 8, Lateral meniscus. 9, Tibia. 10, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 12. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Vastus lateralis muscle. 3, Biceps femoris muscle. 4, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Femur. 7, Medial meniscus. 8, Lateral meniscus. 9, Posterior cruciate ligament. 10, Tibia. 11, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 13. 1, Sartorius muscle. 2, Vastus medialis muscle. 3, Vastus lateralis muscle. 4, Popliteal a & v. 5, Biceps femoris muscle. 6, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 7, Femur. 8, Medial meniscus. 9, Lateral meniscus. 10, Greater saphenous vein. 11, Tibia. 12, Popliteus muscle. 13, Fibula.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 14. 1, Sartorius muscle. 2, Popliteal a & v. 3, Biceps femoris muscle. 4, Femur. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle. 7, Tibia.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 15. 1, Sartorius muscle. 3, Biceps femoris muscle. 3, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 4, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Coronal view. Image 16. 1, Sartorius muscle. 2, Semimembranosus muscle. 3, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 1. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur 3, Medial meniscus. 4, Tibia. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Gracilis tendon. 7, Gracilis muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 2. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur 3, Medial meniscus. 4, Tibia. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Semitendinosus tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 3. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur. 3, Medial meniscus, anterior horn. 4, Medial tibial plateau. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Medial meniscus, posterior horn. 7, Semitendinosus tendon. 8, Semimembranosus tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 4. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Femur. 3, Medial meniscus, anterior horn. 4, Tibia. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Medial meniscus, posterior horn.7, Semitendinosus tendon. 8, Semimembranosus muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 5. 1, Femur. 2, Tibia. 3, Medial meniscus, posterior horn. 4, Semitendinosus tendon. 5, Semimembranosus muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 6. 1, Femur. 2, Tibia. 3, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 4, Medial meniscus, posterior horn. 5, Semimembranosus muscle. 6, Semitendinosus tendon.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 7. 1, Femur. 2, Patella. 3, Patellar tendon. 4, Tibia. 5, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 6, Posterior cruciate ligament. 7, Semimembranosus muscle. 8, Semitendinosus muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 8. 1, Vastus medialis muscle. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Patellar tendon. 5, Anterior cruciate ligament. 6, Tibia. 7, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 8, Posterior cruciate ligament.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 9. 1, Femur. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Patellar tendon. 5, Anterior cruciate ligament. 6, Tibia. 7, Medial head gastrocnemius muscle. 8, Posterior cruciate ligament. 9, Popliteal a. & v.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 10. 1, Femur. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Patellar tendon. 5, Tibia. 6, Popliteal a. & v.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 11. 1, Femur. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Patellar tendon. 5, Tibia.

  • 1, Femur. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Patellar tendon. 5, Tibia. 6, Lateral meniscus, posterior horn.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 12. 1, Femur. 2, Quadriceps tendon. 3, Patella. 4, Patellar tendon. 5, Tibia. 6, Lateral meniscus, posterior horn. 7, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 13. 1, Quadriceps tendon. 2, Femur. 3, Lateral meniscus, anterior horn. 4, Tibia. 5, Lateral meniscus, posterior horn. 6, Lateral head gastrocnemius muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 14. 1, Femur. 2, Lateral meniscus, anterior horn. 3, Tibia. 4, Lateral meniscus, posterior horn. 5, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 15. 1, Vastus lateralis muscle. 2, Lateral femoral condyle. 3, Lateral tibial plateau. 4, Fibula. 5, Soleus muscle. 6, Lateral meniscus. 7, Biceps femoris muscle.

  • MRI of the knee: T2-weighted FATSAT, Sagittal view. Image 16. 1, Vastus lateralis muscle. 2, Biceps femoris muscle. 3, Fibula.

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