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In a previous blog, Dr Masci discussed the challenges of diagnosing groin pain including pubic overload, hip joint pain, hernia and gynaecological or urological conditions. Patients with groin pain need a thorough assessment to determine the exact cause. Part of the assessment involves imaging – either X-ray, ultrasound or MRI. So, is there a best scan for a groin injury?
Dr Masci is a Sports and Exercise Medicine doctor with an expertise in the management of general musculoskeletal injuries including groin pain in sports. An expert in MSK ultrasound with a specialisation in ultrasound-guided injections for joints and tendons, he has written 20 peer-reviewed papers. He works with a group of groin pain experts including orthopaedic surgeons, hernia surgeons and gynaecologists.
Introducing the ‘one-stop’ MRI scan for a groin injury
OneWelbeck has brought together a team of groin injury experts consisting of Sports Doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, hernia surgeons, gynaecologists and radiologists. An important part of this service is the introduction of a one-stop scan for groin pain. Previously, we would perform a combination of scans such as X-ray, ultrasound and MRI. This combination takes time and is expensive. Now, experts at Onewelbeck have devised a one-stop MRI scan that obtains all this information in just one sitting. Included in this scan are novel ‘moving’ images to detect small hernias. Rather than having different scans often over a few days, this novel one-stop MRI scan reduces time and cost for patients. In essence, it’s a true ‘one-stop’ scan for the sporty groin pain.
Let’s see an example of ‘one-stop’ groin MRI in action for a groin injury
This fit 50 year old male triathlete presented with right groin pain after sport. His pain failed to settle with rest and rehab. A clinical assessment by one of our Onewelbeck experts suggested more than one cause – pubic overload or hernia. The pictured MRI scan shows the important tendons, joints and ligaments of the groin. In addition, the moving MRI pictures are taken while the patient is straining. These pictures help to pick up small hernias that cause groin pain.
In summary, a groin injury can be complex and needs a thorough assessment combined with a one-stop MRI to pick up all possible causes.