Editorial Commentary: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of the Anterolateral Complex—Is Seeing Really Believing? Academic Article uri icon


  • The anatomic and biomechanical role of the anterolateral complex (ALC) of the knee has gained increased interest in recent years. Specifically, a keen focus has been on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation of the ALC in the setting of anterior cruciate ligament injury. Although many of these studies are well designed and conducted, they are based on a foundation of controversial gross anatomy and MRI protocols and scanners not typically used in standard practice. Ultimately, there is a lack of correlation between MRI evidence of injury to the ALC and clinical evaluation of anterolateral rotatory laxity. So, do we believe in what we see or believe in what we feel?

publication date

  • April 2020