Reliability of MRI Interpretation of Discoid Lateral Meniscus: A Multicenter Study

PRiSM Meniscus Research Interest Group

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Abstract

Background: Discoid lateral meniscus (DLM) has a varied and complex morphology that can be challenging to assess and treat. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is frequently used for diagnosis and surgical planning; however, it is not known whether surgeons are reliable and accurate in their interpretation of MRI findings when defining the pathomorphology of DLM. Hypothesis: Surgeons experienced in treating DLM are able to reliably interpret DLM pathology using MRI. Study Design: Cohort study (diagnosis); Level of evidence, 3. Methods: Knee MRI scans from 44 patients (45 knees) were selected from a pool of surgically treated patients with DLM. Five reviewers (fellowship-trained pediatric sports medicine surgeons) performed independent review of each MRI scan using the PRiSM Discoid Meniscus Classification. Inter- and intraobserver reliability of the rating factors—primary (width, height, presence of peripheral instability or tear) and secondary (location of instability or tear, tear type)—was assessed using the Fleiss κ coefficient, designed for multiple readers with nominal variables (fair reliability, 0.21-0.40; moderate, 0.41-0.60; substantial, 0.61-0.80; excellent, 0.81-1.00). Reliability is reported as κ (95% CI). Results: Interobserver reliability in assessing most primary and secondary characteristics ranged from substantial (meniscal width) to moderate (peripheral instability, anterior instability, posterior instability, and posterior tear). Intraobserver reliability for most characteristics ranged from substantial (peripheral instability, presence of tear, anterior instability, posterior instability, and posterior tear) to moderate (meniscal width, anterior tear, and tear type). Notable exceptions were presence of tear, anterior tear, and tear type—all with fair interobserver reliability. Height had poor interobserver reliability and fair intraobserver reliability. Conclusion: Orthopaedic surgeons reliably interpret MRI scans using the PRiSM Discoid Meniscus Classification for the majority of DLM characteristics but vary in their assessment of height and presence and type of tear. MRI evaluation may be helpful to diagnose discoid by width and identify the presence of instability: 2 major factors in the decision to proceed with surgery. Arthroscopic evaluation should be used in conjunction with MRI findings for complete DLM diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOrthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2023

Keywords

  • classification
  • discoid meniscus
  • magnetic resonance imaging

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