MRI is an important tool in evaluating elbow pain and stiffness. The exquisite anatomic detail of MRI can visualize the tendons and supporting ligaments of the elbow, as well as nerves, muscles, soft tissues, and cartilage of the elbow joint. MRI can be used to evaluate for tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow/medial epicondylitis, biceps and triceps tendon tears, injuries of the ulnar and radial collateral ligaments, abnormalities related to major nerves at the elbow, degenerative and inflammatory arthritis, and fluid or bodies within the elbow joint. In cases of elbow soft tissue masses, intravenous contrast is often given to differentiate between solid masses and cysts or bursa.

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