MS - Orthopaedics, MRCS Ed UK, FASM(Fellowship in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine), DNB (Orthopedics)
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Experienced doctors do not need MRI to pick up ligament tears. We do get it done to confirm the diagnosis we have made during examination of the patient.
But yes, MRI is the best non invasive test to pick up ligament tears. Earlier people were doing an arthroscopy for diagnosis. But arthroscopy is no longer being done only for the sake of diagnosis. I do not agree with the previous answer. Ultrasound cannot pick up ligament tears.
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