Magnetic Resonance Imaging can detect a failing metal-on-metal hip implant early on, according to a new study.
The research, presented this week at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, suggests MRIs could allow for early detection of problems that can speed revision surgery and decrease the risk for further tissue damage and pain
For the study, researchers reviewed the MRI images of 70 patients who ultimately underwent revision surgery for a failed implant. The study found that MRIs revealed tissue damage in total hip replacement patients and helped improve their follow-up care.
In December, the academy issued new guidelines providing a detailed overview of various diagnostic and treatment methods to limit patient discomfort, quickly initiate treatment, and revision surgery.
"Early recognition and diagnosis will facilitate the initiation of appropriate treatment prior to significant adverse biological reactions," the academy said.
More than one in four Americans have bone or joint health problems, which are the greatest cause of lost work days in the U.S.
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