Here at Cincinnati Children’s, the Department of Radiology is involved in an international multicenter research collaboration focused on the etiology and optimal management of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). OCD is often painful and could potentially be a permanently disabling condition that can affect the bone and cartilage of many joints. Some of these common joints include the knees, ankles, and elbows. The Department of Radiology, in conjunction with the Departments of Orthopedics and Physical Therapy, belong to a multicenter study group called ROCK (Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee).
Osteochondritis dissecans is a relatively rare condition and most frequently affects the adolescent age group between 12 and 19 years old; however, children and young adults may also be affected in less common cases. The treatment of OCD largely depends on the different characteristics seen on x-rays and MRI studies, which is where the Radiology Department comes into play.
Due to the relative rarity of this condition, participation in a multicenter group allows for the pooling of data from multiple institutions so results are more generalizable to the population as a whole. We’re working through the ROCK group to develop a validated MRI classification system, which can be used by orthopedic surgeons throughout the world in order to best customize each patient’s treatment plan and provide the best possible outcome. Anyone coming to Cincinnati Children’s for OCD attention can rest assured knowing that they will receive the highest level of care available for this condition. If further details or information are desired, more education can be found at kneeocd.org.
Contributed by Dr. Andrew Zbojniewicz and edited by Tony Dandino (RT-MRI).